Rush River movie de­buts at MOMA

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A movie with a Rush River con­nec­tion is set to de­but sev­eral long blocks down from an­other river — the Hud­son. Its star is Jerry Lewis — yes, the Jerry Lewis — who cel­e­brated his 90th birth­day two weeks ago. Next Sun­day, Lewis’s new­est film, “Max Rose,” will premier at the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art in New York.

Rush River En­ter­tain­ment’s Bill Wal­ton (a Har­ris Hol­low res­i­dent who is also an in­vestor in the com­pany that pub­lishes this news­pa­per) is an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of the film.

In his first full-scale film role since “Funny Bones” in 1985, Lewis plays Max Rose, a for­mer jazz pi­anist fac­ing life in his late 80s af­ter the pass­ing of his beloved wife (played in flash­backs by Claire Bloom). Writer-di­rec­tor Daniel Noah frames Lewis’ con­trolled, res­o­nant per­for­mance within a com­pact, vis­ually ex­pres­sive film that finds hope in the most de­spair­ing of con­texts.

BY HOP­PER STONE

Jerry Lewis stars in “Max Rose.”

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