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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Expect Sellers To Be Clouseau!, 17 Aug 2001
This review is from: Waltz of the Toreadors [VHS] (VHS Tape)
A decidedly minor and rather oddball addition to the Sellers filmography, dating from the pre-Pink Panther era when Sellers was still more of a comic actor rather than merely a clown. Even so, it was a strange vehicle for him. Originally a stage farce by Jean Anouilh, the script's style suffers from being re-located to England. Called "The Amorous General" on its American release, Sellers plays an old lecher in uniform with an eye for servant girls and a French would-be mistress who has been waiting eighteen years to consumate their affair. Except for a few bits of clumsy slapstick, Sellers gives a refreshingly restrained performance and is assisted by a solid and note-perfect supporting cast that includes Cyril Cusack as a wistful yet rascally doctor, Margaret Leighton as the general's shrewish wife, John Fraser as an upright yet sexually curious young officer, and an amazingly young Prunella Scales as one of the general's precocious daughters. As the mistress, Dany Robin is suitably French and gorgeous but also has a delightful comic touch. So it is a shame that these performers should be let down by such a shapeless script and uncertain direction. Perhaps the film should have been made in black and white to allow the viewer to concentrate more on the characters without being distracted by pretty costumes and lush landscapes. Or maybe the film simply should have been made by the French. Peter Sellers was a considerable comic talent, especially in his earlier films, but he was no farceur. His hero, Alec Guinness, might have got away with playing this role. But Waltz of the Toreadors, in this form, remains the same disappointment it was nearly forty years ago.
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