(1964, United Kingdom/USA, 102 min., 35mm) Blake Edwards
From its colourfully animated hilarious opening credits by George Dunning of YELLOW SUBMARINE fame, the viewer is drawn into this screwball comedy, arguably the best in the long-running series of films featuring the character of Inspector Clouseau of the French Sûreté. And no one has rendered him better, by far, than Peter Sellers, a master of characterization and comic timing. His interactions with the environment he is in, not to mention his personal relationships, create one of the greatest comic dynamics in history. The film also introduces Herbert Lom as his long-suffering boss, Commissioner Dreyfus, and Burt Kwouk as his stalwart servant Cato, both of whom would become series regulars. Clouseau’s female accomplice throughout the film (Elke Sommer) is not only the sex icon, but is always ominous as to whether she will become something of a Femme Fatale, acting as what could be considered as a catalyst for Sellers’ humour. She also keeps the identity of the murderer ambiguous which leads the audience to actively speculate who it is.
Laugh out loud funny, it was directed by comedy wizard Blake Edwards, who co-scripted with William Peter Blatty of EXORCIST fame (?!) Peter Bogdanovich, the filmmaker (LAST PICTURE SHOW), critic and essayist came up with an interesting theory about comic cinema after much research: ‘‘… it takes at least 100 people to get a decent laugh in a movie — smaller audiences are just not given to letting go’’ Why not test that out with us in a real movie theatre with a restored version 35mm print?
And just for you, there’s an added treat from our archives; a 35mm print of a Pink Panther cartoon that was screened regularly in the 1970s at a Drive-In just south of the border in upstate New York. Please drop in for a night of fun!
Billets / Tickets: 8$, 6$ (Étudiants / Students, 65+), sur place seulement, argent comptant / At the doors, cash only