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Cannes: First Clip from 'Max Rose,' Marking Jerry Lewis' Return to Movies After 18 Years (VIDEO)

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 21, 2013 at 1:27PM

Check out this first clip from writer-director Daniel Noah's "Max Rose," which premieres at Cannes on May 23 and marks the big-screen return of legendary comedian Jerry Lewis. The film centers on an octogenarian jazz pianist (Lewis) who discovers an unsettling secret upon his wife's death.
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Jerry Lewis and Kerry Bishe in "Max Rose"
Jerry Lewis and Kerry Bishe in "Max Rose"

Check out this first clip from writer-director Daniel Noah's "Max Rose," which premieres at Cannes on May 23 and marks the big-screen return of legendary comedian Jerry Lewis. The film centers on an octogenarian jazz pianist (Lewis) who discovers an unsettling secret upon his wife's death.


Claire Bloom ("The King's Speech"), Kevin Pollak ("The Usual Suspects") and Kerry Bishe ("Argo") also star. This is Noah's second feature film, following 2001's "Twelve." 

Though he's done the occasional TV and voice actor work over the past two decades, Lewis' last onscreen role was in 1995's "Funny Bones." The film should go over swimmingly at Cannes, as the country's love for Lewis is so well-known it's long been the stuff of cultural jokes. Lewis recently  told the Hollywood Reporter that when he arrives in Paris, "the front page of the biggest paper says, 'Jerry Is Here.'"

Here's a more detailed synopsis:

87-year-old Max Rose (JERRY LEWIS) is a jazz pianist who had put his professional ambitions aside for the sake of his marriage, his life's passion. But when his wife Eva dies suddenly, Max discovers something troubling amongst her private possessions – an old compact with a very personal note from another man.  To add to his grief, Max must grapple with the possibility that his 65-year marriage might have been built on a lie. In quest of peace, Max seeks out new meaning in what should be his tranquil autumn days and finds comfort from the friendships he develops with his fellow widowers. Just as he manages to get his life back on track, he finally learns the surprising truth about his wife and his life.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.