The Total Filmmaker book published in 1971 is back in a new edition with a forward by Leonard Maltin.
The first edition of The Total FilmMaker was published in 1971 based on lectures at University of Southern California Film School. As a guest lecturer at USC in 1966, Lewis’ students included the legendary young filmmakers, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Now, 50 years later, the Jerry Lewis estate and MWP are teaming up to release this classic book to the world. Includes new Foreword by Leonard Maltin. This classic book was originally written based on 480 hours of Jerry Lewis’ lectures at the University of Southern California School of Cinema. This book includes the complete arc of filmmaking from one of the first writer/director/producers in Hollywood.
Huh??? Where did you get that he isn't a fan of Jerry's? He actually is a huge fan. He also did a great review for Michael J. Hayde's Side by Side: Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis on Film and TV book. He said: “A treasure trove for any fan of Dean and Jerry, packed with valuable information, behind-the-scenes stories, and a dizzying array of rare photos. I couldn’t put this book down!” - Leonard Maltin
That quote made me happy, and also because he complimented the photos, of which I had contributed quite a few for the book.I seem to recall him also in a documentary on JL somewhere. He is decent in his reviews on Jerry's films in his book on films. Of course there are films that he thinks are bombs occasionally like Which Way to the Front? I recall, but he is a film critic and he has his own tastes. Not all fans like all Jerry's work. Even I have a few like Slapstick clearly. lol Leonard Maltin praised Jerry's performance in Slapstick, but thought that the film was "appalling." Leonard's review for the documentary Jerry Lewis" Man Behind the Clown was "A FIRST-RATE DOCUMENTARY!" - Leonard Maltin. He notes in his book The Great Movie Comedians that Lewis almost single-handedly carried the banner of film comedy throughout the ’60s, as most of his colleagues migrated to television. Leonard Maltin one tweeted and called JL "my comedy hero when I was growing up." I recall seeing him in a documentary on Jerry but maybe I'm imagining things.