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Artists and Models
Eugene and Rick are two struggling artists who share apartment. However, Rick has problems with that, because Eugene is obsessed with pulp fiction comic books and has nightmares because of that. However, Rick soon finds that those nightmares could be excellent material for writing his own comic books.
Dean and Jerry play the original Ren and Stimpy in this sexed up satire. I mean, really, Tashlin is ogling the women in this like crazy, nary a thigh remains covered and even Martin & Lewis end up in a bathtub together. I kind of checked out a bit whenever Dino started singing, so mileage may vary, but the billboard setpiece and the bit of business with the little kid whose mind has been ruined by reading violent comic books are enough to support the whole. This is that great kind of satire that is able to take fair and much deserved shots at multiple sides of controversial issues (the Bill Gaines-esque publisher of the Bat Girl comics is a hoot!)
One underrated approach to satire is to abandon all attempt to make any kind of point and just make whatever it is you want to make fun of look ridiculous, preferably from more than one angle. That's definitely the approach taken with Artists and Models towards 50s comic book hysteria, which isn't so much what the movie is about as it is a clothesline on which to hang as many sexual innuendos and Technicolor pop-art gags as possible.
So what is this movie about, then? Shirley MacLaine, dressed as "Bat-Lady," tied to a chair, struggling to escape. God bless this beautiful stupid country.
A brightly colored, Groucho Marxist satirical musical, this film makes mock of Seduction of the Innocent-style hysteria during the height of the Hollywood blacklisting. While the film has some great moments of physical comedy from Lewis, some mediocre songs made palatable by Martin's rich voice, and a certain appeal to anyone with a costume fetish (thank you, Edith Head), its Marx Brothers-inspired madcap trampling of its themes works against it despite its shining moments. The context means those themes could have been biting and powerful, but it all comes out toothless instead. Perhaps they weren't really aiming for more than the comic book stuff to begin with.
I was a bit surprised at how much they got away with in…
Colors, colors, colors. Tashlin is like a mini-Minnelli. Also: Shirley MacLaine was hot!
Is it too obnoxious to bait the IMDB crowd by calling this the "greatest comic book movie ever"? This was an absolute joy from start to finish, working well both as a vehicle for the substantial talents of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and as an auteur project for the colourful mis-en-scene, brilliant sight gags and thematic concerns of Frank Tashlin.
Dorothy Malone and Shirley MacLaine are effective as the love interests, and there are many brilliant scenes - the Rear Window reference, Lewis's "pretending" early in the apartment, the musical numbers (especially the final one on a giant paint board) and many others.
I'm torn on the narrative arc over the last half hour, a ridiculous spy plan/space race…
"Good afternoon, Eureka Massage Parlor...our rub and steam will make you dream!"
Late-period Martin and Lewis containing some hints and premonitions at a future divorce between the two scattered throughout. Notable for having not only one of the worst leading actresses to ever be in a M&L teamup (playing the foil for a very "Baby It's Cold Outside" Dean Martin, if you catch my drift), but also having ~the~ best actress in Shirley MacLaine. Not only does she provide the best ever romantic interest matchup to Jerry in terms of physical comedy and general zaniness, but she even bests him at his own game at most junctures. It kind of warms your heart watching their staircase shenanigans and knowing that these two giants of cinema are still kickin'.
Sprawling, manic, and all encompassing humor in every nook and cranny. Lewis and MacLaine's performances transcend physical comedy and become almost spiritual fitting into Tashlin's technicolor vision of a jaded cold war America. A satire of everyone in power, whether they be a ceo, army general, or parent. I've never seen anything so off the rails while continuing to stay true its vision. Masterpiece
I expected to love this and was surprised to be almost entirely unmoved. The opening sequence in which Martin/Lewis are trying to install a sign with a smoking woman's face on it is the best one. I just never felt fully engaged with Martin or Lewis and the main plotline involving a secret missile formula didn't do anything for me, either. Shirley MacLaine and Dorothy Malone aren't given much to work with, so while it's interesting to see them in broad comedic roles, that interest soon dissipates.
There is a Rear Window gag with an Jimmy Stewart impersonator that I enjoyed.
An artistic treat!
Jerry Lewis nails his character in this hilarious musical of one artists' dream of making it big time through the help of his friends dream. A step up from 'Living it Up', 'Artist and Models' succeeds with even more scenes that will have you laughing out loud scene to scene. While the story does fall flat towards the climax, drifting away from the original premise and turning a simple story into a global threat, the musicals and songs are some of the best, really pulling the audience into the world of 'Artists and Models'.
"Happiness is just a state of mind my friend...if you pretend"
I enjoyed ARTISTS AND MODELS, my first Tashlin movie. It had a wonderfully zany approach to story and visuals that felt very much like a cartoon come to life. It has also led me to consider whether Jerry Lewis, despite a style of humor that is very out of vogue, might not be the perfect movie star - everything he does is so thoroughly visual, from his mugging faces to his game of charades and his slapstick pratfalls. His physical presence gives a visual logic to Tashlin's cartoon flourishes, like the steaming water jug or the magical game of "pretend," and without a performer of such skill and commitment, I think those moments may have come off as forced and clunky. Colorful, silly fun.
I'm guessing the Marin & Lewis comedy style is just too dated for me since this, what's commonly referred to as one of their best movie together, fell pretty flat for me. It's that kind of screwball comedy where they throw everything at the wall and see what sticks, leading to a mishmash of scenes that don't feel like they belong in the same movie at all. Shirley Maclaine's gotta pretty great number in here though. Also the intense level of objectification of women in this was downright unsettling at times.
Didn't age well.
Enjoyed this much more than 'Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?', Jayne Mansfield was just really fucking annoying in that
"Who's the actual creator of this film?'
SAW: at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater
What a strange strange movie. The beginning is so irritating thanks to a comedically horrible performance by Jerry Lewis. Then it somehow all becomes charming thanks to other characters like the joyful Shirley McClaine. Then it becomes almost impossible to follow the plot. Then it won me back with some funny scenes and enjoyable musical numbers. Then the plot just goes insane on an international level. It's a bonkers movie but I'm really glad I saw it.
From his book Essential Cinema.
A huge thanks to everyone who added films, helped me find films with alternate titles,…
List made from the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. This list just from the 2015 edition,…