I hugely appreciate the Tashlin review [“New in Print
,” Screens, May 25]. At least two of us are aware of this guy.
Two things you didn't mention which may or may not be in the text when I read it.
One, discussions of Jerry Lewis invariably combine Lewis and Tashlin as a single entity whose auteur is Lewis when the Tashlin directed features are clearly superior. You often find instances of Tashlin directed by Lewis. Tashlin, hugely critically unappreciated.
Two, Tashlin was our premier cinematic satirist in the '50s and nobody notices. Television, advertising, celebrity, "Rock Hudson" is like Mad Magazine
on film. Viewing the early Mad Men
episodes you imagine Tashlin trashin' these easy Mad Avenue targets. Tashlin, Stan Freberg, Ernie Kovacs, Bill Gaines, the difference between then and now is these guys didn't sell out. Now we're stuck with Seinfeld. A mad, mad, mad world.