John Q. from LAKEWOOD, CO Reviewed on 2/15/2011...
A funny Peter Sellers romp for fans of the late, great comedian.
Sellers plays an actor that tries hard yet is inept none the less. Similar to his portrayal in the Pink Panther flicks.
Sellers would have been a silent movie star
The Rocketman | Los Angeles, CA | 12/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"THE PARTY is a movie whose title gives away the plot. Ooops! Should I have said "spoiler warning" before I wrote that?
The fact is, this movie is a showcase for Peter Seller's comedic talents. Just as in the PINK PANTHER movies, he plays a fish out of water (here an Indian rather than a Frenchman). There's a bit of a dramatic arc to the movie, which is why this isn't just sketch comedy, but the real point is to see how funny improvised pantomime can be. Yes, a few minutes could have been edited out of the ending where the slapstick level rises dramatically, but that was the style back then.
Reasons to watch this film:
a) To see a 3-wheeled Morgan.
b) To see how Sellers be amazing funny without pulling faces (a la Jim Carrey) or even dialogue. Seller's character is a real person and not an over-the-top characterization. This is the type of film that Charlie Chaplin could have made 50 years prior to it's release.
c) To see a stylized version of 60's fashion. Blake would shoot another extended party sequence 10 years later in SOB (1981) and it's interesting to compare the passage of time via fashion and social behavior.
d) To learn comedic timing from one of the masters: Peter Sellers. This movie would simply not be possible without him in it. Watch and see how much humor he can derive from such simple actions as retrieving a shoe, flushing a toilet, or finding a men's room. This is the reason why you can have surprisingly long takes (and in master shots no less!): Sellers knowns how to pace the timing and doesn't need the film editors to do so.
e) To see Gavin MacLeod before he became a TV star on Mary Tyler Moore and the Love Boat. (And he plays a nasty guy here!)
f) To remind yourself that sometimes very subtle gestures can be the most funny.
This movie plays like an old-time silent film and you might be inspired to look at the works of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, or Harold Lloyd if you like this movie."
A lesser-known classic...
JR Pinto | New Jersey | 04/12/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Blake Edwards is an underappreciated director - perhaps because he has made so many bad films at the end of his career. Yet he remains one of the great cinematic voices of the sixties and seventies. Any Austin Powers fan would do well to watch his films, which are the real deal. Edwards captured the spirit of the swinging sixties the way few others have. And he and Stanley Kubrick were the only two American directors who were able to properly utilize Peter Sellers.I wonder how this movie will play to politically correct crowds. Much of the humor derives from Sellers' doing an Indian accent. Blake Edwards Breakfast at Tiffany's is criticized for the somewhat hateful caricature of a Chinese man played by Mickey Rooney. In this film however, Sellers' makes us laugh at the character without robbing him of his dignity - he is, after all, the romantic lead.In the end, what this film really is is Edwards' homage to silent film. Yes, there is talking but most of the humor is physical and much of the dialogue is obscured by music. For any fans of the Pink Panther series, this film would be a welcome addition."
A Joy to Watch!
Fernando Silva | Santiago de Chile. | 10/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've watched this movie about a thousand times and I have never get bored of doing it, it's just so hilariously funny, that I could go on watching it over and over again, forever.Peter Sellers, the master of comedy himself, stars as Hrundi Bakshi, in this un-timely film. He's invited by mistake to a lavish dinner party and from then on, all goes wrong, with the aid of a drunken waiter, played with great comedy skill by Steve Franken. Pretty french actress and singer Claudine Longet, plays a basically nice & good natured starlet, who's taken to the party by a lecherous producer (Gavin McLeod), eventually befriending our hero.Lots of gags in this sarcastic and ironic look at Hollywood parties and its characters (the fading cowboy star, the italian/latin bombshell, the starlets, the highbrow senator's wife, the affected phony princess, the stuffy party hostess, etc.)You must watch the dvd, the film being shown in its original widescreen format is a must-see, `cos you won't miss any details of what's going on!"
Birdy Num Num!!!! I Never Played A Game Called Pool!!
wackey wanda | Lancaster, California United States | 09/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first saw this movie about 15 years ago. Being a fan of the late Peter Sellers and having seen his other Pink Panther movies, I knew that this one would be a blast. During the time that my mother passed away in 1995, our family was feeling very low in spirits. After her funeral, and we were all together, I decided to pop this movie into my VCR. The sadness soon turned to hilarious laughter! It certainly made up for a time when our family needed to sheds tears of laughter instead of tears of pain. Now, whenever we have family get togethers each and every single time, watching this movie together as a family is a must, no ifs and or buts about it. And those that have been introduced into my family in terms of marriage, must watch along with us. They love it! I also have friends who tell others about this crazy movie, and often asked to see it when they visit me. One thing for sure. You'll never look at a party the same way again. After seeing Hrundi having a good time by himself, I know I can do the same. I don't need a tag along now!!! I don't own it on DVD yet, but I can hardly wait to receive my copy. Thank you Amazon.com.
BIRDIE NUM NUM!
Baha Tan Toksöz | Istanbul | 03/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The funniest film I've ever seen. Sellers performance is magnificient.I have seen the video ten years ago but I'm still laughing.I may say that this film is the best film in my archieve.Watch the scenes when he's in the pool and the dialogs with the old lady! Peter Sellers is my favorite actor , I admire him all the time."