Smorgasbord (Cracking Up). 1983. USA. Directed by Jerry Lewis. 89 min.
Screenplay by Lewis, Bill Richmond. With Lewis, Milton Berle, Sammy Davis, Jr. The last feature to date directed by Lewis, Smorgasbord has, as J. Hoberman wrote in the Village Voice, “the ascetic, abstract quality one associates with auteurs in the moody twilight of their obsessions.” Told in the form of an extended psychoanalytic session, the film has the free-form inventiveness of Lewis’s 1960s classics, yet the gags are tinged with morbidity and despair.