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"The Pink Panther"


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#1 cinemaspeak59

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 01:39 PM

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.


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Posted 05 March 2017 - 10:28 PM

I tried to watch a handful of them, and I just couldn't believe the amount of extreme physical humor in those movies! Clouseau vs Sir Charles. Geez...oy!

 

(Aside: I like your signature line. I love In a Lonely Place!)

Thanks, I never get tired of watching Bogart and Grahame in "In A Lonely Place".


"I was born the day she kissed me.  I died the day she left me.  I lived a few weeks while she loved me." - Humphrey Bogart in "In A Lonely Place".


#3 kjrwe

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 09:24 PM

I like the sequels to "The Pink Panther".

 

But none of them attain the heights of the original film.

 

I tried to watch a handful of them, and I just couldn't believe the amount of extreme physical humor in those movies! Clouseau vs Sir Charles. Geez...oy!

 

(Aside: I like your signature line. I love In a Lonely Place!)


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Posted 05 March 2017 - 07:02 PM

I have tried to watch the sequels and I couldn't finish any of the ones I tried to watch. Normally I'm not a fan of sequels, and these ones were really scraping the bottom of the barrel. What on earth was the point of the sequels, anyway? (I also saw the remake. I remember nothing about it. Most likely I was indifferent to it.)

 

Agreed about the movie's score. It's music to my ears, for sure.

I like the sequels to "The Pink Panther".

 

But none of them attain the heights of the original film.


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Posted 05 March 2017 - 05:03 AM

I adore this film.  Oddly, when I list my top t0 favorite films, I never think of this one; and, I guess it wouldn't make my top 10, but it is certainly in the next 10.  My favorite (and most unique) of The Pink Panther series; and, who doesn't love Fran Jeffries' musical number, and the rest of the wonderful score?

 

I have tried to watch the sequels and I couldn't finish any of the ones I tried to watch. Normally I'm not a fan of sequels, and these ones were really scraping the bottom of the barrel. What on earth was the point of the sequels, anyway? (I also saw the remake. I remember nothing about it. Most likely I was indifferent to it.)

 

Agreed about the movie's score. It's music to my ears, for sure.



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Posted 05 March 2017 - 03:52 AM

The only thing I don't like about the film is the ending - the last 15 minutes of the movie. Otherwise, it's a perfect movie. I like the OP's description of it ("constantly dazzling", "an undeniable 'elegance'").

 

I love the Fran Jeffries musical number, too.


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Posted 31 January 2017 - 09:37 PM

I feel that Blake Edwards is very underrated. I consider him a brilliant comic filmmaker.


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Posted 31 January 2017 - 02:43 PM

I adore this film.  Oddly, when I list my top t0 favorite films, I never think of this one; and, I guess it wouldn't make my top 10, but it is certainly in the next 10.  My favorite (and most unique) of The Pink Panther series; and, who doesn't love Fran Jeffries' musical number, and the rest of the wonderful score?


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Posted 23 January 2017 - 11:35 AM

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!


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