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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…
I tried to enjoy this, I really did, but Jerry Lewis is just too exhausting and head-ache inducing for me.
This is one of my all time favorite films. Period.
The pure gonzo energy of this movie is almost enough to completely erase the fact that no scene makes sense when placed after any other scene.
never in my life have i seen anything so gay, lesbian, and straight all at once. i wept.
My first Jerry Lewis movie was a success! It was super silly & fun, and while I found Jerry to be quite annoying for the first 15 minutes, I quickly got used to him, and he ended up being very entertaining! I'm looking forward to seeing more of his movies.
I had initially been interested in this only because Shirley MacLaine is in it, and she was great, as always! And Dean Martin has such a wonderful voice, it's so dreamy. The whole movie looked great, so 50's and colorful and filled with all the pulpy comics, and I loved the Rear Window reference thrown in.
Solid Martin & Lewis comedy set in the comic book world. The musical numbers are the highlights with Dino's street song and dance, and Lewis and MacLaine's playful staircase goofiness only eclipsed by the title song set piece near the end which literally makes use of a great color palette. The technicolor should get first billing as it is used to great effect providing some amazing eye candy in conjunction with the comic book motif, costumes, set dressing and the final musical number. Dorothy Malone and Shirley MacLaine are very good as the love interests and pair up nicely with the leads. The story takes a completely whacky and unbelievable turn in the last act but since Jerry Lewis is already in the mix, it can't do any harm.
Wow, that Maclaine number is something out of a Godard cartoon.
It must have been around the time Dino has to take Jerry Lewis to a massage parlor because he's become stuck modeling as a goose that I realized this film had no intention of maintaining the appearance of having any sort of coherent plot, but instead was just a vehicle for Tashlin and co to come up with as many gags and funny situations as possible. That's fine by me, though I was just as amused by trying to figure out exactly what the hell was supposed to be going on in the last quarter (what in the world is an Artists and Models ball anyway?) as I was by the slapstick. Not as perfectly constructed (or visually beautiful, for…
Took me almost 2 days to get through this because Jerry Lewis is fucking grating on the nerves. Some good physical comedy from him though and Dean Martin is...well, Dean Martin.
Shirley MacLaine delightfully outshines Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Still, there were a few really good gags, including an unexpected one referencing Rear Window. Perhaps if I watch this another time I might actually understand what happened.
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