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The Party (1968) (Eureka Classics) Blu-ray
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Blake Edwards directs this classic comedy starring Peter Sellers as accident-prone Indian actor Hrundi V. Bakshi. When he ruins a big-budget movie in Hollywood, Hrundi is thrown off the set by the producer. However, the producer then invites Hrundi to a Hollywood party where he manages to cause havoc once again; but this time with party guests such as a drunken starlet, a foreign princess and a model.
Though this film is a relatively minor one in the massive canon of Peter Sellers, it has moments of absolute hilarity. Written and directed by Blake Edwards, one of Sellers' most fertile collaborators, the film stars Sellers as a would-be actor from India (let them try to get away with that today) who is a walking disaster area. After ruining a day's shooting as an extra on a film, he finds himself unintentionally invited to a big Hollywood party. That's pretty much it as far as plot goes, but Edwards and Sellers know how to milk a simple idea for an unending string of slapstick gags. The result is a film that is episodic and sketchy but also frequently loony in an inspired way. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But Blake Edwards wanted Sellers back. For who better to wreck both an expensive film set (the fort!) and a lavish Hollywood society party than Peter Sellers as the Bengali actor Hrundi V Bakshi (reprising his accent that enraptured Sophia Loren in THE MILLIONAIRESS) ...?!!
The result is a - to many, however - long-winded, one-joke idea in the two-reeler style of silent film comedy, with Sellers' hapless character accidentally invited to an overly-lavish Hollywood producer's party (oh the sheer over-the-top opulence of it all: interior watercourses, split-levels, extensive P/A systems, Russian dance troupe ...) with seriously-overdressed wealthy people and nicely-underdressed budding starlets. Slowly, inadvertently but surely, Hrundi V Bakshi proceeds to dismantle the party's structural integrity in a series of Buster Keaton-like and Jacques Tatiesque (Monsieur Hulot's swing-door!) set-piece sketches.
Nevertheless, there are many hilarious moments. Who, at some time or other, hasn't uttered those deliciously-accented phrases, "Num-num ... Birdie num-nums ..." and "Howdy par-ten-er ...?!!"
"Sir, your wife has fallen in the water ..."
"... Save her jewels ..."
The toilet-paper unrolling. The lavatory flooding. The band playing on as they are engulfed by the foam. And Steve Franken as Levinson, the put-upon and increasingly inebriated waiter who eventually finds love from a kindred soul beneath the bubbles and foam ...
The Party was somewhat uneven; that was its only flaw. However, the slapstick, physical comedy had perfect timing, and was brilliantly funny. I love it!
Its one of the best comedies Ive ever seen, absolutely brilliant. Even my niece and nephew seeing the film when just 9 & 7 years old, loved it.
Num Num - Birdie Num Num!
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