7.1.2015 The Lieutenant Wore Skirts

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I’ve talked about the gender politics of his films in a lot of my Tashlin write ups. Here we get maybe the most overt handling of these themes, but still in a very complex/muddy way that makes it not entirely clear what the film is trying to get across. I wish someone would have shown more interest in this side of his work when he was alive so he could have elaborated on it. Right now this film feels down right feminist, but compromised and I want to know if that was studio pressure, intentional, what.

3.2.2015 Who’s Minding The Store

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Jerry Lewis is fun, I laugh at his movies. His early stuff with Tashlin is a best of both worlds, but at a certain point you wish Tashlin had let Jerry go alone earlier as you can feel what was once inventive getting repeated into the ground. Again, this is a good time, but nothing more, and that alone is a shame from both of these guys.