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Film Class: The King of Comedy

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA, 94115 (map)

Free program with free garage parking on Pierce between Ellis and Eddy. 

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The final film in this series is not a conventional comedy. Although audiences at the time of its release did not know what to do with Martin Scorcese's dark satire on the culture of celebrity in America, it is now considered among the director's finest achievements. Jerry Lewis delivers a serious performance as talk show host Jerry Langford, who finds himself stalked by aspiring stand-up comedian Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) and his equally unhinged accomplice, Masha (Sandra Bernhardt). Great discomfort ensues. 1982, 109 minutes.

Discussion led by Library Director Howard Freedman.