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A MUST-SEE FOR JERRY LEWIS?

ADAM RESURRECTED: Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe (Directed by Paul Schrader; Written by Noah Stollman) Unless you have access to Jerry Lewis’s private film collection, you probably have never seen “The Day the Clown Cried,” the 1972 holocaust drama in which the slapstick comic-director got tragic, playing a German entertainer who, while drunk, does a wicked impersonation of Hitler. His life is spared by the Nazis, however, and he is sent to a concentation camp where his job is to bring a little joy into the lives of Jewish children on their journey to the gas chamber. Small wonder the film never found a distributor and that Lewis opted to keep it out of sight. The wonder now is that what sounds like a strikingly similar story is scheduled for shooting. Based on a novel by Yoram Kaniuk, Noah Stollman’s screenplay will focus on a charismatic Nazi-era entertainer who performs for doomed concentration camp dwellers in the final hours of their lives. So what does he do after the war? Resourceful chap that he is, he gets a gig as the boss of an asylum for Holocaust survivors. It’s enough to make Jerry--and maybe even Mel--cry.