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The Party

My very favorite among many Peter Sellers greats. This movie, though very much a product of ’60s culture and style, has stood the test of time well. Peter Sellers is flawlessly funny as Indian actor Hrundi V. Bakshi, who emigrates to Hollywood in hopes of making it big on the silver screen. Mr. Bakshi, however, is a colossal screwup, and manages to destroy every scene in which he participates. The clincher, however, is when he inadvertently blows up an expensive movie prop, scheduled to be destroyed on film minutes later; while tying his shoe. This immense goof gets him blacklisted by a powerful Hollywood producer, but due to a clerical foulup by the producer’s secretary, Mr. Bakshi instead ends up on a different list. … party guests at the producer’s home!Peter Sellers excelled at playing awkward, fish-out-of-water characters. He nails it once again here, and is surrounded by a cast that supports his antics perfectly. Especially hilarious is his interaction with movie character "Wyoming Bill Kelso", and a nave, sweet starlet played by Claudine Longet. His trademark physical comedy is woven in and out of the story line, to hilarious effect. The feeling of the movie overall is gut-busting funny, but also for the most part; very good-natured. An exception is Gavin McLeod playing a cliche’ Hollywood predator. I recommend "The Party" most highly for any Peter Sellers fan; and any lover of absurd comedy. Check it out!

In one of their few non-Clouseau efforts, director Blake Edwards (Victor Victoria) and star Peter Sellers (What s New Pussycat?) preserve the spirit of the French bumbler in the person of Hrundi V. Bakshi, an accident-prone Indian actor. Brought to Hollywood to play the title role in SON OF GUNGA DIN, Bakshi destroys the film’s most elaborate set with his bungling and is banned from the set by the film’s producer. But because of an error by the producer’s secretary, Bakshi’s name is added to the guest list of his next party, an A-list affair. Shortly after arriving, Bakshi begins accidentally dismantling the producer s carefully staged event, destroying a flower bed, knocking a servant through a bay window, and triggering the lawn sprinklers, soaking the his pretentious guests. Sellers is typically brilliant in a film abounding in sidesplitting sight gags with a script by Edwards, Frank Waldman (The Pink Panther Strikes Again) and his brother Tom Waldman (Inspector Clouseau).

The Party Review

This is a comic gem starring Peter Sellers. Sellers plays an Indian movie actor who can’t seem to get anything right in a film, and then creates a disaster. He is accidentally invited to a prestigious party, which he definitely helps loosen up. This is a great film, with l funny character actors, such as Steve Franken and Gavin MacLeod, and it has Carol Wayne in it, and Claudine Longet. The blu ray has a couple of extra features on the making of the movie, but I am giving the release by Kino Lorber four stars because there are no subtitles, which have been available on DVD and are surely no trouble to put on a blu ray. I will have to reconsider buying any more Kino films due to this policy, along with the fact there are few to none other options on their discs, such as audio options. But for those who don’t need subtitles, this blu ray presents this colorful film in beautiful colors. -Read Reviews-

Brilliant set piece and perhaps Peter Seller’s funniest. Following a hilarious opening scene on a desert film location where Sellers plays a hapless Indian actor overplaying a Gunga Din type character in a Hollywood production, the rest of the film takes place at a swingin’ industry party at a producer’s modern pad. Sellers’ sweet dispositioned Eastern Indian is the quintessential bumbling innocent, a fish out of water mistakenly invited to a film mogul’s bash. Pink Panther director Blake Edwards nails the late 60s LA groove and allows Sellers to work his magic of improvization in speech and physical comedy. Long sequences of little or no dialogue are reminiscent of Jacques Tati films with a particular nod to Playtime. An Indian friend of mine told me this film was once banned in his home country for its unflattering portrayal of a native. Political incorrectness aside, Sellers manages to turn his portrayal of an inept aspiring Indian actor on its ear. He uses the accent for brilliant comic timing, and other than the fact that he is a British comedian wearing comically over-the-top dark makeup while playing a buffoon he is the film’s most likeable and redeeming character. All satire, all good fun.

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