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The fact is, this movie is a showcase for Peter Seller's comedic talents. Just as in the PINK PANTHER movies, he plays a fish out of water (here an Indian rather than a Frenchman). There's a bit of a dramatic arc to the movie, which is why this isn't just sketch comedy, but the real point is to see how funny improvised pantomime can be. Yes, a few minutes could have been edited out of the ending where the slapstick level rises dramatically, but that was the style back then.
Reasons to watch this film:
a) To see a 3-wheeled Morgan.
b) To see how Sellers be amazing funny without pulling faces (a la Jim Carrey) or even dialogue. Seller's character is a real person and not an over-the-top characterization. This is the type of film that Charlie Chaplin could have made 50 years prior to it's release.
c) To see a stylized version of 60's fashion. Blake would shoot another extended party sequence 10 years later in SOB (1981) and it's interesting to compare the passage of time via fashion and social behavior.
d) To learn comedic timing from one of the masters: Peter Sellers. This movie would simply not be possible without him in it. Watch and see how much humor he can derive from such simple actions as retrieving a shoe, flushing a toilet, or finding a men's room. This is the reason why you can have surprisingly long takes (and in master shots no less!): Sellers knowns how to pace the timing and doesn't need the film editors to do so.
e) To see Gavin MacLeod before he became a TV star on Mary Tyler Moore and the Love Boat. (And he plays a nasty guy here!Read more ›
Peter Sellers, the master of comedy himself, stars as Hrundi Bakshi, in this un-timely film. He's invited by mistake to a lavish dinner party and from then on, all goes wrong, with the aid of a drunken waiter, played with great comedy skill by Steve Franken. Pretty french actress and singer Claudine Longet, plays a basically nice & good natured starlet, who's taken to the party by a lecherous producer (Gavin McLeod), eventually befriending our hero.
Lots of gags in this sarcastic and ironic look at Hollywood parties and its characters (the fading cowboy star, the italian/latin bombshell, the starlets, the highbrow senator's wife, the affected phony princess, the stuffy party hostess, etc.)
You must watch the dvd, the film being shown in its original widescreen format is a must-see, `cos you won't miss any details of what's going on!
I wonder how this movie will play to politically correct crowds. Much of the humor derives from Sellers' doing an Indian accent. Blake Edwards Breakfast at Tiffany's is criticized for the somewhat hateful caricature of a Chinese man played by Mickey Rooney. In this film however, Sellers' makes us laugh at the character without robbing him of his dignity - he is, after all, the romantic lead.
In the end, what this film really is is Edwards' homage to silent film. Yes, there is talking but most of the humor is physical and much of the dialogue is obscured by music. For any fans of the Pink Panther series, this film would be a welcome addition.
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Brilliant acting by Sellers, some hilarious moments. But kinda slow moving.Published 11 days ago by musicnerd
This little gem is (IMHO) one of Peter Sellers' best movies...
Yeah Clouseau is great and all, but Hrundi V. Bakshi is HILARIOUS!!... Read more
Peter Sellers is awesome .....
I would recommend to any Pink Panther fan......
Peter Sellers in brown face? What could go wrong? Classic SellersPublished 1 month ago by Phillip K Bonnell