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The Party

Year: 1968
Production Co: The Mirisch Corporation
Director: Blake Edwards
Writer: Blake Edwards
Cast: Peter Sellers
One of Sellers' classics and a study in characters minimalism as he plays a hapless, classically clumsy and unlucky Indian actor Hrundi, mistakenly invited to a Hollywood party and who's completely out of his element with no idea he's not supposed to be there.

While the movie concentrates on the terminally polite actor alone (just watch the excruciating trapped tie sequence), it's a blast. As soon as director Edwards tries to engage other characters, such as the hippie kids with the elephant, Sellers has to lose the aspects of the character that make it so funny.

But perhaps 90 odd minutes of the same thing would have ended up dragging the whole thing down.

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