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Sexy Sixties Romp
on 3 May 2018
Well, I absolutely love this film. Which does not mean that it's necessarily a very good one. It is a bit of a mess, but with the kind of sexy 60s romp it is, that doesn't really matter. This is something you watch over a few drinks when you want to have a right good laugh. The script is by Woody Allen (his first one for a feature film), but apparently it was heavily edited throughout the shoot, oftentimes by co-star Peter Sellers.
But it's really the cast that makes the film such fun to watch. There are the three men, Peter O'Toole at the height of his fame as the compulsive womanizer who visits a psychiatrist hoping he can help him settle down, Peter Sellers is the inept shrink asking his client for tips how to pick up women, and Woody Allen (in his first screen appearance) as the shy American who cannot even satisfy his serious minded girlfriend. The female cast is just as exciting: Romy Schneider is absolutely adorable as O'Toole's finacee, Capucine is perfect as the elegant femme fatale, persued by Sellers and in pursuit of O'Toole. And then Ursula Andress parachutes out of nowhere right into the middle of the muddle.
Don't take anything too seriously here, just sit back and enjoy the madness. There are some truly memorable moments in this: Peter O'Toole dancing in Paris' notorious Crazy Horse night club comes to mind. Or the finale where textbook farce (the hotel with way too many doors and people trying to avoid each other) descends into pure slapstick (the go-cart race - which does not make any sense in the context but is hilariously funny). My favourite moment is probably Woody Allen's date with the drop dead gorgeous Romy Schneider.