Post by denise on Feb 23, 2020 12:31:42 GMT
Chris Lewis was in Berlin, Germany yesterday on the occasion of the Berlin Film Festival. He donated documents, letters and other items like photo negatives and the clown's makeup case from The Day the Clown Cried to the German Film Museum. Watch this Video from local TV Station RBB: www.rbb24.de/kultur/berlinale/beitraege/2020/berlinale-jerry-lewis-kinemathek-nachlass.html. The interview is in English. To see just a few of the donated items, click here: www.tag24.de/nachrichten/jerry-lewis-the-day-the-clown-cried-berlinale-am-tags-als-der-clown-weinte-1395653#article
Why Berlin? Several reasons: it seems that some scenes from the film were shot in Berlin (which I did not know), but these scenes are evidently lost forever. Chris said that Germany was Jerry's largest market outside the US, bigger even than France. And the German Film Museum has the technical know-how to digitalize the 400 (!) rolls of negatives of photos from behind the scenes, photos never seen before. This museum already has some memorabilia from TDTCC, so it seemed fitting to donate more to expand the collection. Chris said he thinks Jerry would have been pleased that these items will be housed in Berlin. Chris also gave some interesting details of growing up in the Lewis family, e.g. that the security measures at the Lewis mansion were established after the kidnapping of Frank Sinatra jr. because Jerry had received threats against his sons.
From Jerry's letters and other documents it becomes clear yet again how the film's producer, Nat Wachsberger, skipped out on his responsibilities by not paying the bills or even securing the rights to the film from the author. It seems that Jerry trusted Wachsberger, there was not even a written contract between them. Jerry just had one of his handshake deals and Wachsberger betrayed him. So Jerry could not even sue Wachsberger, he had nothing on paper.