Outdoor Movie Series: The Party (1968)
Wed, July 8
Outdoor Film Series
Peter Sellers plays a bumbling foreigner once again (but this time he’s not from France) in this cult-favorite comedy. Hrundi V. Bakshi (Peter Sellers) is an accident-prone actor from India who has come to California, hoping to make a name for himself in Hollywood movies. However, Bakshi quickly makes the wrong impression on producer C.S. Divot (Gavin MacLeod) and studio chief Fred Clutterbuck (J. Edward McKinley) when he accidentally blows up the set for his first film. Clutterbuck jots down Bakshi’s name to remind himself to have the actor blacklisted, but he doesn’t realize that he’s put the name on the guest list for an upcoming party at his home. Bakshi sees the social event as an opportunity to get back in Clutterbuck’s good graces, but from the moment he arrives, one thing after another goes wrong, with increasing effect; it doesn’t help that he finds himself infatuated with Michele Monet (Claudine Longet), Divot’s latest starlet discovery. Director Blake Edwards shot The Party with a minimal script to allow Peter Sellers and the other comic actors greater room for slapstick improvisation, which helps explain why many of the film’s most memorable scenes feature little or no dialogue.