The Party details
|Starring:||Claudine Longet, Peter Sellers, Buddy Lester, Gavin McLeod|
|Run time:||1 hour 35 minutes|
|Rental release:||27 Sep 2004|
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One of the funniest films...By a customer from Stowmarket, England , 18 Sep 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]I love this film so much that, although I already own it on VHS, I want it on DVD!
Peter Sellers is perfect as the naive Indian actor new to Hollywood.
From the very start of the film, where we see him on location for a movie, things do not go well for him. He is just as much a victim of his own bumbling, accident-prone self as Sellers most famous screen character Inspector Clouseau. But he is also continually self-effacing and over-gracious, with a big smile and pressed palms, which I think is just right. Watching him is both hilarious and slightly painful.
He finds himself invited (by accident) to a hip Hollywood party hosted by a top producer in his too-modern-for-its-own-good house. Of course he doesn't realise he's only got invited by accident but it is immediately obvious (both painfully and hilariously) that he does not belong there at all. In both a literal sense, when for example there is no seat for him at the table, and socially where no-one knows him and he doesn't know what to do with himself. He attempts to blend in and not bring attention to himself, but instead ends up doing the reverse. The aforementioned house provides much of the physical comedy for him, with moving floors, swimming pools and open central fireplaces, etc. He also experiences the universal problem of a guest trying to find the bathroom and then getting it to flush. This scene is somehow far more enjoyable than all the many versions of this scenario in more recent films.
Naturally he also falls for the beautiful, sweet girl, who is also new to the business, as well as managing to make ?friends? with a Texan cowboy-type actor who finds him amusing.
As the evening progresses things descend more and more into chaos. This chaos finally includes a trope of Russian dancers, an elephant and a lot of bubbles. It is wildly silly but great fun, I have rarely laughed so much. This film has a real feel-good factor and the characters all get the appropriate ending.
It is a hugely enjoyable 70's film, which I highly recommend.
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Brilliantly funny filmBy p4ul4c (16 reviews) from Malton , 17 Jun 2009Peter Sellars is fantastic in this film about a guy who gets fired as an extra in a Bollywood movie but accidently gets invited to the wrap party. Having been fired for causing chaos on set, he continues to do so at the party.
Brilliantly funny film.
We LOVE Birdie Num Num!!By a customer from Brighton , 12 Feb 2009This is one of the funniest films I have ever seen. I watched it first when I was 7 or 8 with my brother and found it hillarious. Nothing's changed, I watched it again recently and I was in fits of laughter. My brother and I called this film 'Birdie Num Num' (for reasons only obvious to those who have watched it) and I didn't realise that other people did too! Anyways, 'Birdie Num Num' is a great and funny film. If you liked Airplane, The Naked Gun films, etc. then you'll LOVE this one.
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We LOVE Birdie Num Num!By a customer from Brighton , 12 Feb 2009This is one of the funniest films I have ever seen. I watched it first when I was 7 or 8 with my brother and found it hillarious. Nothing's changed, I watched it again recently and I was in fits of laughter.
My brother and I called this film 'Birdie Num Num' (for reasons only obvious to those who have watched it) and I didn't realise that other people did too!
Anyways, 'Birdie Num Num' is a great and funny film. If you liked Airplane, The Naked Gun films, etc. then you'll LOVE this one.
classic sellersBy a customer from sheffield , 23 Oct 2008remember being in stitches when i saw this first- and second- time round about twenty years ago. Sadly not the same reaction now, comedy- and me probably! - has moved on so was disappointed but could be ok if you`ve never seen it. Funny but not laugh out loud hilarious as expected.
The PartyBy a customer from London , 28 Jul 2008Unfortunately, 4 minutes have been trimmed from this DVD, compared with the release running time. I suppose some idiot at MGM thought (s)he knew better than the filmmakers. The greatest loss is from the 'birdy num num' sequence, which gets funnier the longer it goes on. Originally, it went on for quite a time, now it's trimmed so it is little more than an incidental moment. Comedy is the key to a film like this, and comedy is often slow burning.
At full length, 'The Party' would be worth 4 stars..