Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Party

Starring Peter Sellers and Claudine Longet

Directed by Blake Edwards

Release Date: April 4th, 1968

A very silly slapstick comedy starring Peter Sellers. While the film has a very minimal plot, it has a ton of sight gags, physical comedy, and visual stunts that makes it into a goofy spectacle. There's not much dialogue, as it has been stated that the film was produced to accomodate Seller's use of physical comedy. Take for example a scene where his character, Hrundi V. Bakshi, is admiring a parrot in an enormous cage: he inspects the wiring in awe, then begins to gradually toss more and more birdseed into the cage while disrupting the other guests. Or, when Hrundi needs to use "the facilities", his body language gets more and more exaggerated and frantic. He acts less like a fool and more of a little boy in a man's body, not sure what the best action is and still wants to be polite to the beautiful singing Michele Monet, as played by Longet. Sellers sells the character, making into a likable bumbler who's just accident prone but kind at heart. 

If you're a fan of THE NAKED GUN trilogy, The Hangover, or Superbad, you'll certainly enjoy The Party.

Rating: * * * * of 5

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