Godard on Brooks Louis Jouvet quotes somewhere this definition of the theatre by Alfred de Vigny:
a thought which is metamorphosed into a mechanism.
So Tashlin, a man of the cinema and of the cinema in colour, does the opposite of Vigny's dictum.
The proof is Jerry Lewis's face,
where the height of artifice blends at times with the nobility of true documentary.

-- Jean-Luc Godard, 1957

...from Godard on Godard, translation by Tom Milne, Viking Press, 1972