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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One of the better Peter Sellers vehicles, though still inconsistentBy TheLarch (4 reviews) from Glasgow , 24 Jul 2008Peter Sellers is Hrundi S Bakshi, an Indian actor in Hollywood. That this set-up avoids being utterly offensive is largely down to Sellers' consumate excellence as a comic actor. The character feels very much like an ancestor of Borat. Apparently, the movie was largely improvised, and this certainly comes across in the baggy, at times completely non-existent narrative. After a very funny, almost satirical first half, the jokes become frustratingly infrequent, sidelined in favour of an unconvincing romance between Bakshi and a bewildered French starlet, and an ending that literally comes out of nowhere. The attempts to portray the 'groovy' lifestyles of the 'hip young folks' are, inevitably, desperately dated, but in all this is one of Sellers' better pictures.
Birdie num numBy Rockinpaddy (38 reviews) from London , 15 Jun 2008This film & the phrase 'birdie num num' has stuck with me since I saw it in my younger days. When I get a text on my mobile the alert rings out 'birdie num num' and most people ask what? why? Watch this and all will be revealed.
Funny, but in burstsBy BugPowderDust from Bristol , 25 Mar 2008I have always loved this film, but the pace of it is both flowing and stilted at the same time. Sometimes it is seamless and effortlessly funny, other times seems to struggle.
Although it may be a flawed diamond, it's still a diamond :) Some highlights are 'birdie num nums', and the shoe thing at the start. The colours are all bright and vivid and I feel nostalgic for a time I barely remember as I was barely born!
One of his bestBy OdDeRTheStrAnGe (9 reviews) from London , 08 Nov 2007Peter Sellers was a comic genius and along with Blake Edwards directing created some of the funniest films I've ever seen. This is no exception. The comic timing and facial expression of Sellers are superb. Even if you don't find the whole of this film entertaining, I guarantee you at least two belly laughs. It also gives you an insight into the hippy period and changing attitudes between children and thier parents.
There is a rumour that it will be re-made. I hope not, as with the Pink Panther series this is something that nobody else will be able to re-create. It will neither surpass or even match it.
GreatBy a customer from UK , 22 Jan 2007A silent movie made in 1968 and still kept our attention. The party is truly a classic!