*The Bellboy*. 1960. USA. Directed by Jerry Lewis. Courtesy Paramount Pictures/Photofest

The Bellboy. 1960. USA. Written and directed by Jerry Lewis. With Lewis, Alex Gerry, Bob Clayton. 72 min.

The link between the home movies and Lewis’s professional career as a director was this, his first feature, made on the cuff while Lewis was performing at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. The Fontainebleau’s spectacular midcentury modern décor provides a pristine backdrop for a series of silent-movie sight gags and audaciously self-referential moments (as when the movie star Jerry Lewis, played by one “Joe Levitch,” arrives for a gig).

  1. Thursday, October 11,
    4:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
  2. Sunday, October 7,
    2:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2