Featuring the films: 'Hoffman' 'The Smallest Show On Earth' 'Carlton-Browne Of The F.O.' and 'Two Way Stretch'. Hoffman *(WS 1.85:1 Anamorphic 1970 1 hour and 47 Minutes Colour): Peter Sellers is Hoffman a middle aged misfit who blackmails his young attractive secretary into spending a week with him. Although he behaves like a creep throughout the weekend he actually emerges as a sympathetic character in the end. Two Way Stretch *(FS 1960 1 hour and 23 minutes B&W):
What links The Beatles, Ken Russell, Peter Cook, Fairport Convention, The Goons, The Bonzo Doo Dah Dog Band and Turner prize-winning artists Grayson Perry and Jeremy Deller? The answer: Mr Bruce Lacey. A legendary figure on the British counter-cultural art scene during the 1960s, Lacey has enjoyed five decades of defining cultural moments, collaborating with all manner of filmmakers, musicans and artists (such as director Richard Lester, cartoonist Bob Godfrey and artist Jill Smith), and making appearances in such era-defining pop cultural experiences as Help! and Not Only... But Also.This indispensible two-disc collection finally brings together many of Lacey's rarely-seen films for the very first time, showcasing the rich and diverse talents of a seminal and thoroughly original British artist-filmmaker.Includes: The Running, Jumping & Standing Still Film (Richard Lester, 1960), The Lacey Rituals (1973) and much more.
In New York City adolescent friends Gil and Val follow pianist Henry Orient (Sellers) - a clueless womanising virtuoso - all over town while he tries to seduce Stella (Prentiss) a married woman. However when Val's parents arrive for Christmas holidays the two girls are forced to grow up and test their friendship... This is an endearing and gentle comedy and combined with a classic Sellers performance it ensures that this film will be enjoyed over and over again!
A perennial afternoon telly treat, Carlton-Browne of the F.O. is a little less tart and smart in its assault on British diplomacy than the earlier John and Roy Boulting satires. The much-loved Terry Thomas, is the idiot son of a great ambassador, given a sinecure in the Foreign Office that becomes a hot seat when crises rock the almost-forgotten former colony of Gaillardia. Clod-hopping "dance troupes" of every world power dig for cobalt, a line of partition is painted across the entire island, and the young King (Ian Bannen) is undermined by his wicked uncle (John le Mesurier) and unscrupulous Prime Minister Amphibulos (Peter Sellers). There's a touch of Royal romance as the King gets together with a rival princess (the winning Luciana Paoluzzi), but it's mostly mild laughs at the expense of British ineptitude, with Thorley Walters as the dim army officer who sends his men to put down a rebellion with orders that lead them to turn in a circle and capture his own command post, Miles Malleson as the gouty consul who should have come home in 1916, and a snarling Raymond Huntley as the minister appalled that the new monarch of a British ally was a member of the Labour Party at Oxford. The film finds Sellers' non-specific foreign accent unusually upstaged, with Terry Thomas walking off with most of the comedy scenes, blithely inspecting a line of shabby crack troops who keep passing out at his feet. It fumbles a bit with obvious targets, especially in comparison with similar films like Passport to Pimlico and The Mouse That Roared, but you can't argue with a cast like this. Down in the ranks are: John Van Eyssen, Irene Handl, Nicholas Parsons, Kenneth Griffith, Sam Kydd and Kynaston Reeves. On the DVD: Carlton-Browne of the F.O. comes to disc in fullscreen, with a decent-ish quality print. The film is also available as part of the four-disc Peter Sellers Collection.--Kim Newman
Sharon Stone stars as a convicted killer facing execution. After twelve years inside for a double murder she is now prepared to die. However she is not prepared for the relationship in which she finds herself entangled with the attorney assigned to save her life...
Never Let Go: John Cummings (Richard Todd) is one of life's near failures. A toiletry salesman, he buys a flash car he cannot afford to insure. When it is stolen by a gang running a car theft racket, he vows to retrieve it whatever the cost - hi job, his family and his dignity. He begins to delve into a sinister criminal underworld with potentially lethal consequences. The stark British thriller features Sellers in his first dramatic role as Cummings' nemesis, a gangland villain.Soft Beds Hard Battles: Peter Sellers plays six different characters in this hilarious sexploitation comedy. A renowned Paris brothel has turned into an active centre for the French Resistance. The girls assist the Allied war effort by attracting and eliminating the enemy amongst its clientele in the bedroom...The Wrong Arm Of The Law: Sellers stars as gang-leader Pearly Gates, who has a double life as Monsieur Jules, the manager of a fashion house. The criminal world of London is being reduced to chaos by an Australian 'IPO mob', who, acting on information provided by Gates' girlfriend Valerie (Nanette Newman), impersonate police officers and take the spoils of the true criminals after the crime has been safely committed. The crimes are relatively victimless, involving jewellery thefts from the rich, or robbery from institutions such as banks and post offices. Gates is instrumental in getting a deal between organised crime and Scotland Yard.
The Mouse That Roared: The Duchy of Grand Fenwick decides that the only way to get out of their economic woes is to declare war on the United States lose and accept foreign aid. They send an invasion force to New York (armed with longbows) which arrives during a nuclear drill that has cleared the streets. Wandering about to find someone to surrender to they discover a scientist with an ultimate weapon that can destroy the Earth! (Dir. Jack Arnold 1959) Return Of The Pink Panther: The world's most hilariously disaster-prone detective is back on the case as Peter Sellers stars in this merry masterpiece of sheer slapstick sleuthing fun! When the priceless Pink Panther diamond is stolen yet again the inimitable Inspector Jacques Clouseau is saved from an unwilling early retirement and sent off to the country of Lugash to investigate. Certain that the heist is the work of a suave jewel thief known as The Phantom Clouseau unleashes his formidable array of outlandish disguises and preposterous deductive powers in madcap pursuit of his would-be quarry. Tracked by his own nerve-wracking boss Clouseau carves a path of comical crime-busting chaos across all of Europe in this delightfully zany comedy romp. (Dir. Blake Edwards 1975) There's A Girl In My Soup: Adapted from the long-running London West End comedy There's A Girl In My Soup stars Peter Sellers as a handsome 40-year-old TV personality and confirmed bachelor. However he didn't bargain for a lovely nineteen-year-old American girl named Marion (Goldie Hawn). The plot thickens with liberal helpings of exotic locations in France. Sellers and Hawn create an electric partnership in this romantic comedy from The Boulting Brothers. (Dir. Roy Boulting 1970) The Magic Christian: In this adaptation of Terry Southern's offbeat novel an eccentric millionaire adopts a down-and-out vagrant he stumbles upon in the park as his son. The pair embark on a series of practical jokes and elaborate stunts designed to expose the wanton greed that exists in everybody - and prove that everyone has his price. (Dir. Joseph McGrath 1969)
In this adaptation of Terry Southern's offbeat novel an eccentric millionaire adopts a down-and-out vagrant he stumbles upon in the park as his son. The pair embark on a series of practical jokes and elaborate stunts designed to expose the wanton greed that exists in everybody - and prove that everyone has his price.
Two handymen (Graham Stark and John Junkin) cause chaos on a new crane whilst haphazardly trying to accomplish jobs for their ever more frustrated boss. This 'silent' comedy features a host of cameos from the likes of Peter Sellers Michael Caine Bob Monkhouse Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise...
With gadgets, gaming and girls galore, this camp classic celebrates 40 fabulous years as not only the coolest of the spy films, but also as a brilliant parody of - itself! Will the real James Bond please stand up? When secret agency chief M (John Huston) is killed, Sir James Bond (David Niven) is thrust out of spy retirement to help smash SMERSH, the band of hitmen who are likely responsible. And to protect his real identity, Bond's name is given to numerous other agents, including Evelyn Tremble (Peter Sellers) and Bond's neurotic nephew, Jimmy (Woody Allen). With five directors, a cast of Hollywood icons that also includes Ursula Andress, Charles Boyer, Peter O'Toole, Jacqueline Bisset and Orson Welles, a soundtrack by Burt Bacharach, and a frisky, farcical script, Casino Royale is Bond. Psychedelic Bond.
BBC documentary on the career of comic genius Peter Sellers using footage which Sellers a compulsive amateur film-maker shot himself....
A compelling and definitive portrait of the man and his life. 'The Peter Sellers Story' As He Filmed It' was re-cut from the original 1995 BAFTA-nominated 'Arena' documentary transmitted in 2002 on BBC2. Using a unique collection of his own home movies shot between 1948 and 1977 and discovered years after his death this film presents an intriguing and intimate portrait of Peter Sellers. Told in his own words and including many well-known personalities from Stanley Ku
Angela Barrows (Constance Cummings) is a man-eating businesswoman who is sent by her American employer to investigate their export opportunities in Edinburgh. En route she meets Robert MacPherson (Robert Morley) a businessman who asks for help to bring his company into the 20th century. The staff led by Mr Martin (Peter Sellers) has other ideas however and a comic battle between the old and new business methods soon breaks out. A vintage Peter Sellers comedy that ranks amongst his funniest!
The forgotten H.M.S. Berkley has been without a commanding officer for two years in which time the skeleton crew has gone into the racketeering business with the landlord of a coastal village. When the Navy appoint Humphrey Fairweather as a long overdue replacement his unhealthy obsession with missile construction and the landlord's beautiful niece threatens to upset the balance of business.
The immortal Peter Sellers is hilarious as a pompous retired general who still has a taste for the ladies in French playwright Jean Anouilh's philosophical farce. A lusty comedy of manners ""Waltz of the Toreadors"" tempers its treatment of an old rake's delusions with generous dollops of wit and compassion.
Tom Hanks teams up with the Coen brothers for a remake of the classic 1955 Ealing comedy about a group of thieves trying to bump off their landlady.
A motley crew of British characters ride the 'San Ferry Ann' to the shores of France where they embark on a weekend of calamity. This is a humorous take on the tradition of the British get-away and is a true classic of the 'sound effect' comedy. Starring Barbara Windsor, Joan Sims and David Lodge. A weekend gathering at the decaying country home of the eccentric General Futtock (Ronnie Barker) produces a series of saucy mishaps between staff and guests in 'Futtocks End'. This 'silent' film us...
The immortal Peter Sellers is hilarious as a pompous retired general who still has a taste for the ladies in French playwright Jean Anouilh's philosophical farce. A lusty comedy of manners 'Waltz of the Toreadors' tempers its treatment of an old rake's delusions with generous dollops of wit and compassion.
Unsuccessful singing bullfighter Juan arrives in Barcelona to try his luck in a big town. He finally persuades a devious local impresario to book him but only on the condition that Juan first manages to spend an evening with Olimpia a 'shrewd merciless beauty' who seems effortlessly to collect apartments and Maserati sports cars while leaving a trail of broken hearts behind her. Juan approaches the challenge by pretending to her he is an emissary for a rich count.
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