The Party (1968)

BLAKE EDWARDS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1968The Mirisch Corporation.  Story by Blake Edwards, Screenplay by Blake Edwards, , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Blake Edwards.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Yet another one-joke “concept” comedy from director Blake Edwards. plays an Indian actor working on a Hollywood film set who ruins thousands of dollars worth of equipment when he triggers an accident. The studio has every intention of firing him, but by accident he ends up getting invited to the studio head’s dinner party instead. Sellers’ mere presence at the party is a recipe for trouble, and throughout the evening there are endless pratfalls, accidents and flat-out disasters before the evening is done. Why Sellers has to put on the phony accent and make some cultural references that would be totally distasteful today is a complete mystery; why should we believe that a fuddy duddy British actor wouldn’t be just as big a clutz? Most of the gags are hilarious, but the funnier it gets the more pointless it seems. Still, this might be the attraction for some viewers, in which case I invite you to freely indulge.

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