More of a farcical comedy than a straight comedy, this Blake Edwards film is one of the most enjoyable "comedies" that has ever reached the screen.
It is so inventive. It is so colorful. It is constantly dazzling.
The nominal star of the film, David Niven, might have felt cheated by the scene-stealing antics of Peter Sellers, but Mr. Niven's very polished urbanity was essential to the ever-zanier developments of the proceedings.
He grounded the film.
Of course, Peter Sellers inhabits a universe of his own.
And coupling him with Capucine was an awfully interesting choice.
Despite the higher and higher momentum of the plot, the film has an undeniable "elegance".
I loved the insouciance of the sequence in which Claudia Cardinale's Princess suggested that Mr. Niven's Don-Juanism was actually "a mask".
Well, he does run off with Mrs. Clouseau, but that relationship is purely a business relationship.
Of course, he also runs off with his nephew (Robert Wagner), whom he hardly knows - but, what, might get to know better?
That Blake Edwards, such a sneak!
I also loved Fran Jeffries performing meglio stasera . I like your comment about Nivens grounding the film and not worrying about Sellers and his scene stealing.