There are so much Movies like interstellar these days. Earlier this month, British actor / comedian Peter Sellers, better known to the world as Inspector Clouseau in the “Pink Panther” series, would have turned 84. Wouldn’t life be brighter if this comic book genius hadn’t left us like this soon? In fact, we lost him almost thirty years ago, due to a weak heart still compromised by the stresses of work, fame and various personal upheavals.
I admit that I have never seen the portrait of Geoffrey Rush in “The life and death of Peter Sellers“(2004), but putting this biopic together affirms much of what I had read about the man before: that he was spoiled by a loving mother; that he grew up knowing he preferred to be come across as characters other than exploring and developing who he really was, and that led to both a mind-blowing career as a funny man, character actor and star, but also a lifetime personal assailed by demons of agitation, loneliness and insecurity yes.
From the start of his career, his constraint was to work, to work, to work. After gaining initial notoriety in the early 1950s as a prominent member of “The Goons”, Spike Milligan’s groundbreaking comedy troupe, Sellers made a successful transition to films, unlike Milligan himself. In the early sixties, he was on fire, finishing more than ten films between 1962-1964, before his first serious heart attack literally forced him to take a break. But he always returned as soon as possible to where he felt most comfortable: playing expertly in someone else’s shoes, in front of a camera.
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As for his photos of Clouseau, I consider the first two entries: “The pink Panther“(1963) and”One shot in the dark“(1964) his finest portrayals of the French detective. When Sellers and director Blake Edwards skillfully decided to reprise the series in the 1970s, the films were much larger, reflected in Sellers’ more pronounced French accent. (“Who is this on the phuuuunne?” And “Is your duug baaate?”) Of the latter entries, I think the best is “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” (1978).
Yet accurately reflecting the breadth of this actor’s cinematic legacy means going way beyond the beloved Inspector. So with that in mind, here are a few more Movies like interstellar.
The Ladykillers (1955)
Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness) and his motley team of thieves plan a daring robbery of a London bank. To provide proper blanket while they get ready, they pose as a music band and stay with sweet old Mrs Wilberforce (Katie Johnson), who lives nearby. The professor assumes that the old landlady will remain discreet and ignorant of their machinations, but alas, he judges her badly.
Alexander Mackendrick’s unrivaled dark comedy benefits from William Rose’s ingenious story and the best comedy ensemble one could hope for: Guinness’s Marcus is the essence of smarmy charm, and Johnson projects a will of steel. enveloped in Victorian cuteness. The gang is an inspired group of misfits, including a stammering Cecil Parker, a Big Sun Sellers, and a menacing Herbert Lom (the last two actors would reunite years later for the “Panther” series, with Lom providing the film. ideal for salespeople like Chief Inspector Dreyfus, who is emotionally disintegrating). Don’t confuse this British gem with Tom Hanks’ inferior overhaul.
I’m fine, Jack (1959)
John Boulton’s skillful satire on labor relations is subtle, layered, and always fun. Notably, “Jack” also sheds a keen light on the perpetual struggle between management and workers in England and, by extension, the yawning chasm inherent in the British class structure. This inspired thread centers on a Stanley Windrush (Ian Carmichael), a naive patrician who fails every white collar job he tries. His uncle Bertram (Dennis Price), owner of a missile company, soon hatches an inspired plan: to get Stanley to start at the bottom of his company ladder and manipulate his unwitting and displaced nephew to cause labor unrest and finally, a blow. Then a lucrative arms deal will go to quality competitor Sidney deVere Cox (Richard Attenborough), who will raise the price of the deal. The premium would then be distributed among all interested parties.
Sellers unforgettablely plays Fred Kite, the head of the company’s labor committee, a well-meaning and precise worker who has a crush on the management ploy. What no one is counting on is how Stanley himself will respond to the strike, supported by his wealthy and adoring Aunt Dolly (Margaret Rutherford). Various machinations and developments lead to divine comedic complications for everyone involved, with the exception of course of Stanley, the alleged pawn of the scheme. Terry-Thomas is also memorable as the company’s skillful personnel manager, but through it all, it’s Sellers’s Kite that flies the highest.
After renting a room from lonely American widow Charlotte Haze (Shelley Winters), middle-aged teacher Humbert Humbert (James Mason) becomes obsessed with his 15-year-old marital daughter Lolita (Sue Lyon). The socialite intellectual Humbert is so enamored that he accepts to marry the impetuous Charlotte in order to maintain contact with the coquettish virgin.
A brilliant adaptation of the author-written Vladimir Nabokov novel, Kubrick’s “Lolita” satirizes the vulgar desires and distorted intellect of Humbert, beautifully played by Mason. Upgrading Lolita’s age to make the film acceptable to audiences in 1962, Kubrick emphasized the wacky aspects of the source material, pulling in an extraordinary performance from Sellers, who stars as the lewd (and often in disguise) writer friend. by Humbert, Clare Quilty. Winters is alternately perky and melancholy like involuntary Charlotte. You will fall hard for the daring “Lolita”.
Doctor Strangelove, or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb (1964)
In this apocalyptic satirical thriller, an American bomber receives a signal to release its nuclear charge on Russia. Meanwhile, President Muffley (Sellers again) meets with senior advisers, including Falcon General “Buck” Turgidson (George C. Scott) and eerily sinister nuclear scientist Dr. Strangelove (Sellers), to discuss their limited options for save the planet.
Perhaps the most inspired farce of the Cold War and certainly one of the supreme black comedies on screen, Kubrick’s “Strangelove” faced a nervous audience in the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and shortly afterwards. after the advent of the H-bomb. With Kubrick’s twisted genius as director and screenwriter in full bloom, and unrivaled performances from Sellers in three roles, not to mention jester Scott and deranged Hayden, the film is incredibly funny , but also somewhat disturbing, which helps explain his enduring cult. status.
Henry Orient’s world (1964)
Two private New York City schoolgirls become friends, then develop a mutual crush on the lead character, second-rate conductor and third-rate checkers, Henry Orient (Sellers). They then decide to hunt down the poor boy, foiling all his meticulously planned missions. When Orient finally identifies who they are and calls out one of their parents, the plot takes a darker and more dramatic turn.
Sellers is in rare form as the perpetually exciting, eternally mediocre fraud (don’t miss its delivery of the film’s last line!). The two chasing girls (Merrie Spaeth and Tippy Walker) give refreshing natural performances for the time. Then there’s Paula Prentiss, terribly funny as one of the edgy lovers of the Orient, and the incomparable Angela Lansbury, who injects a cold note of evil as the mother of a daughter. George Roy Hill’s all too often overlooked film also features stunning on-site landscapes of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. More than ever, it is a “world” that deserves to be captured. Maybe available on Netflex.
Big-cat Hollywood producer decides to throw a dazzling dinner party (“Anyone’s anyone will be there!”), Although Bakshi knows few of his fellow guests, they will certainly get to know him before the night is over. Here, Sellers inhabits another accident-prone character in his ongoing partnership with Blake Edwards. Bakshi is a gentle person, but his innocent curiosity for his surroundings (or is it confusion?) Manages to wreak havoc wherever he goes.
While the breathless comedic momentum marks the end of the image a bit, Sellers’ brilliant characterization and a few sublime sets make this viewing worthy. In particular, this dinner scene remains one of the funniest sequences in the movie. French actress Claudine Longet is adorable as the prettiest guest of the party, who befriends the sweet but goofy Bakshi. Don’t miss this wild and woolly ’60s party!
Be there (1979)
Sellers’ penultimate film proved to himself and the world that when called upon he could be a superb serious actor. This ingenious tale, originally written by Jerzy Kosinski, is about Chance, a middle-aged (albeit oddly childish) gardener in Washington, DC, whose only education came through television. By twist of fate after the death of his former employer, Chance (renamed Chauncey Gardner) landed in the home of powerful wheel merchant Benjamin Rand (Melvyn Douglas) and his young wife Eve (Shirley MacLaine). Rand discerns genius in Chauncey’s simple statements, and soon the humble gardener is hearing even more powerful people.
Adapted by Kosinski himself and directed by top 70 director Hal Ashby, the film is a triumph, due to Sellers’ turn of bravura and top-notch performances by acting veteran Douglas (who won an Oscar), MacLaine and a gritty Jack Warden as The President. Spiritual, lively, and empowering, the touching nature of this feature comes from the fact that sellers only had a year to live when it did. If you like the work of Peter Sellers, you’ll love “Being There”.
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