Peter Sellers plays bumbling but endearing Hollywood extra Hrundi Bakshi in this rarely seen cult comedy from Blake Edwards, who previously directed Sellers as the accident-prone Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther (1963) and A Shot in the Dark (1964).
After Bakshi accidentally blows up the set of a Gunga Din-styled adventure movie, studio chief Fred Clutterbuck (J. Edward McKinley) jots down Bakshi's name to remind himself to have the actor blacklisted. 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 - and it doesn't help that he finds himself infatuated with Michele Monet (Claudine Longet), producer Charlie Divot (Gavin MacLeod)'s latest starlet discovery.
Edwards shot The Party with a bare-bones script to allow Peter Sellers and the other comic actors greater room for slapstick improvisation, and it pays off in one of the funniest comedies of all time.
Directed by Blake Edwards, 1968, 99 min., Rated PG.
Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201