You can trace the mystery of ancient history
through art of artists and their models.
I was asked to write something about Jerry Lewis for the Spring 2012 issue of the international Film Studies web quarterly La Furia Umana, for which I am a regular contributor. I decided to write about Artists and Models (Frank Tashlin, 1955).
Browsing the books on Jerry Lewis I found the one by Robert Benayoun (Bonjour Monsieur Lewis, Eric Losfeld, Paris, 1972) incredibly interesting. One picture that I found in the book helped me to figure out what I wanted to write about: the relationship between artist and model (and the one between Tashlin and Lewis). I made a sketch of the photo as a help for writing, drawing fast next to the notes I took.
In the picture you see Tashlin on the set explaining to Dorothy Malone how to turn Eugene Fullstack (Jerry Lewis) into Freddie Fieldmouse. Tashlin worked in cartoons (Warner Bros) and was a master in the art of drawing, as you can see from this magnificent book he published in 1952, How to Create Cartoons.
You can read my article on Tashlin and Lewis here (in Italian).
And, of course, here is the movie.