Jerry Lewis mixing music at his home, 1961. Photo: Bill Crespinel. Courtesy Chris Lewis

Fairfax Avenue. 1951. Directed by Jerry Lewis. With Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, Dino Crocetti, Patti Lewis. DCP. 30 min.

Janet Leigh commands her close-up as the faux Norma Desmond character in what an elaborate title sequence identifies as “the Jewish Sunset Boulevard.” Tony Curtis finds his inner boy-toy as the Desmond character’s companion and ostensible screenwriter, while Dean Martin defies typecasting as the Italian tenor who croons the title song. Shown with the 10-minute Eastman Color short An Eye for an Eye, with Leigh and Curtis as a couple dealing with suspicions of infidelity, as well as a selection of Fairfax Avenue outtakes (full program: 60 min.).

  1. Monday, October 8, 2018,
    4:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
  2. Saturday, October 6, 2018,
    1:00 p.m.

    Introduced by Chris Lewis and Rob Stone
    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2