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(Why the French Love Jerry Lewis: From Cabaret to Early Cinema.pdf) Vividly bringing to light the tradition of physical comedy in the French cabaret caf concert and early French film comedy this book answers the perplexing question Why do the French love Jerry Lewis The extraordinary emphasis on nervous pathology in the Parisian caf concert where the genres of the Epileptic Singer and the Idiot Comic took center stage and where popular comic monologues and songs included Man with a Tic and I m Neurasthenic points to a fascinating intersection between medicine and popular culture The French tradition of comic performance style between and nearly exactly duplicates the movements gestures tics grimaces and speech anomalies found in nineteenth century hysteria the characteristics of hysteria became a new aesthetics br br Early French film comedy carried on this tradition of frenetic gesture and gait as most film performers came from these entertainments and from the circus Even before Chaplin s films triumphed in France film comics were instantly recognizable from their pathological gait just as Jacques Tati would be a half century later Comedy a genre that dominated French cinema until World War I has often been linked to a mass public for film the author elucidates this link by proposing a broadly generalized cultural medical phenomenon as the explanation for the dominance of the comic genre Comic performance style drew from a group of nervous disorders characterized by the psychological automatism emanating from the lower faculties nervous reflex motor impulses sensation and instinct br br Building on her previous work on hysteria the cabaret and pathologies of movement in the films of Georges M li s and drawing on over French films made between and the author contributes to a new theory of spectatorship at work in the cabaret in shows of magnetizers and in early French film comedy Jerry Lewis touches a nerve in French cultural memory because more than any other film comic he incarnates this tradition of performance style br brDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming Why the French Love Jerry Lewis: From Cabaret to Early Cinema books for multiple devices.