A Movie A Day: WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT? (1965)
My wife, the creature that ate Europe, is here!!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s installment of A Movie A Day.
[For those now joining us, A Movie A Day is my attempt at filling in gaps in my film knowledge. My DVD collection is thousands strong, many of them films I haven’t seen yet, but picked up as I scoured used DVD stores. Each day I’ll pull a previously unseen film from my collection or from my DVR and discuss it here. Each movie will have some sort of connection to the one before it, be it cast or crew member.]
We kick off our Peter Sellers-A-Thon with WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT?, an incredibly silly, ridiculous, but utterly charming movie.
This film marks the screenwriting and screen-appearing debut of one Mr. Woody Allen. Now, I grew up not liking Woody Allen movies… at least in my mind. I think the only one I had watched all the way through in my childhood was SLEEPER and I greatly liked it, but the others… well, the bits I saw just went right over my head.
In my teen years, around the time I fell in love for the first time, I ended up dipping my toe into the Woody Allen waters again. This time I hit Vulcan Video, the great independent geek video store here in Austin, and walked out with a stack, including two that would ultimately change my mind on Allen and end up in my top 100 favorite films: MANHATTAN and THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO.
I was old enough to get the humor, had enough patience to sit through his dramas and was rewarded accordingly.
So, right away the humor in this one was right up my alley, being a now decade long convert to the cult of Allen. And when you throw in a near slapstick performance by Peter O’Toole and a beautifully exaggerated German-accented turn by Peter Sellers and you have a movie that had me howling.
Don’t get me wrong, this movie is light as a feather, little substance to be had, but why the hell would you be looking for substance in a silly comedy and, more importantly, why would you be disappointed if you found none? The point of the movie is to make you laugh and I was laughing out loud (I refuse to use internet shorthand or slang… although I am very partial to the term LOLacaust…) from the very opening featuring a very long shot of a castle as Sellers argues with his wife, appearing in various windows, on outside staircases, etc.
Seller’s outfit, hair and German accent are f-bomb ridiculous. Ridiculous and hilarious. Seller’s giant Bavarian wife thinks he’s cheating on her and he’s not denying it. She demands to know if this girl is prettier than she is, Sellers screaming back at her “I am prettier than you!”
The domestic dispute lasts a good long time, actually, which makes it all the funnier, ultimately culminating in a wrestling match between the two, which is interrupted by an alarm clock. They stop, agreeing to pick up the fight later. It’s time for him to work.
This looney bastard, we come to find, is a psychiatrist and his first patient of the day is Peter O’Toole. On his first visit to the good Doctor we come to find that O’Toole has a rather unique problem. You see, when the light hits him a certain way, he’s kind of handsome, apparently, and as a result he fucks a whole lot. The problem is that he has a woman who loves him, whom he in turn loves, but she’s wanting marriage. With him being so damn good looking (in the right light, of course) he is used to crazy sexcapades and doesn’t believe he can settle down.
The irony here is that he goes to Sellers for help and Sellers becomes obsessed with O’Toole, who has the lifestyle he dreams for.
That’s the plot. There is one character arc in this movie and that’s O’Toole having to discover that he can find the will to resist temptation and stay true to the one girl who really loves him for him. Even that arc is made a joke of (O’Toole states his point of view change clearly, looking to the sky, nearly crying while “Author’s Message” flashes on the screen next to his head), but it’s a funny joke, so that’s fine.
The movie’s really an excuse to throw some of the most beautiful women at a trio of radically different men. O’Toole is desired by everybody, Sellers desires everybody and Woody Allen is his Woody Allen self… neurotic, fumbling. He has a thing for Romy Schneider, O’Toole’s true love, and Schneider indulges him as a means to raise jealousy in O’Toole.
Schneider is cuter than cute. It’s like if Dianne Wiest’s genes were spliced with Rachel Weisz’s… you just get a being of pure cuteness.
O’Toole’s other women show in the form of the radiant Capucine and Paula Prentiss. Prentiss is a stipper who is lusted after by everybody, including O’Toole. But, and I’ve been there, trust me, once O’Toole starts making headway with her he uncovers a psychopath. Every time his attention is turned away from her she strikes out, usually announcing that she’s going to the bathroom to overdose on sleeping pills… then does it.
That becomes a running gag in the film.
The point being is all the women O’Toole lusts after share two things in common. They’re all beautiful and they’re all insane.
This reaches a boiling point and O’Toole comes ot his realization, gets engaged to Schneider and puts his past behind him… and then the real trouble begins.
He goes on assignment (he’s a reporter for a fashion rag) at a secluded hotel, known for being a sex-spot. Every single character from the movie up to this point ends up there and the result is pure anarchy. Bit players show up, mean drunks, jealous husbands, horny girls, hornier guys… And to really twist the knife… after O’Toole swears to be faithful Ursula Andress literally falls out of the sky (parachuting) and lands in O’Toole’s passenger seat just as he’s arriving at the hotel.
And not only is it Andress, but it’s horny Andress who wants O’Toole. How cruel!
The finale is great and really puts a hugely entertaining cap on a really funny movie. And director Clive Donner was smart enough to force Ursula Andress to spend the entire final reel running around in her underwear. Bonus points.
O’Toole displays a different set of comic chops from yesterday’s HOW TO STEAL A MILLION, where he was more proper and subdued. He’s really shooting for the moon here and he had to. You can’t share the screen with Peter Sellers and downplay your bits or he’d get steamrolled by one of the funniest men to ever appear on the screen in his prime.
And this is Sellers’ movie, make no mistake. He has the confidence to fly completely off the handle here and the movie’s entertainment value all grows from his performance.
Final Thoughts: I know this isn’t the most respected of Sellers’ work, but I found it to be just as funny as all but the very best of the Panther films and funnier than most of the later Panthers. O’Toole is great, in a role supposedly based on Warren Beatty’s life… Hollywood legend states that Beatty hired Allen to work on this with him, but left when the producers wouldn’t let him cast his then girlfriend in the movie. Apparently, O’Toole’s character’s pet-name for all his girls, “Pussycat,” was Beatty’s term for his women. Crazy, huh? Also watch out for a really funny James Bond adlib by Sellers to Andress at one point. I think if you go into this movie wanting to laugh you’ll get everything you desire out of it. It’s a silly, silly, funny fun movie.
Here’s what we have lined up for the next week:
Thursday, December 11th: BEING THERE (1979)
Friday, December 12th: THE PARTY (1968)
Saturday, December 13th: CASINO ROYALE (1967)
Sunday, December 14th: THE STRANGER (1946)
Monday, December 15th: BROTHER ORCHID (1940)
Tuesday, December 16th: THE PETRIFIED FOREST (1936)
Wednesday, December 17th: MOONTIDE (1942)
Now on to one of the bigger gaps in my film education, Hal Ashby’s BEING THERE! See you folks later for that one!
June 2nd: Harper
June 3rd: The Drowning Pool
June 4th: Papillon
June 5th: Gun Crazy
June 6th: Never So Few
June 7th: A Hole In The Head
June 8th: Some Came Running
June 9th: Rio Bravo
June 10th: Point Blank
June 11th: Pocket Money
June 12th: Cool Hand Luke
June 13th: The Asphalt Jungle
June 14th: Clash By Night
June 15th: Scarlet Street
June 16th: Killer Bait (aka Too Late For Tears)
June 17th: Robinson Crusoe On Mars
June 18th: City For Conquest
June 19th: San Quentin
June 20th: 42nd Street
June 21st: Dames
June 22nd: Gold Diggers of 1935
June 23rd: Murder, My Sweet
June 24th: Born To Kill
June 25th: The Sound of Music
June 26th: Torn Curtain
June 27th: The Left Handed Gun
June 28th: Caligula
June 29th: The Elephant Man
June 30th: The Good Father
July 1st: Shock Treatment
July 2nd: Flashback
July 3rd: Klute
July 4th: On Golden Pond
July 5th: The Cowboys
July 6th: The Alamo
July 7th: Sands of Iwo Jima
July 8th: Wake of the Red Witch
July 9th: D.O.A.
July 10th: Shadow of A Doubt
July 11th: The Matchmaker
July 12th: The Black Hole
July 13th: Vengeance Is Mine
July 14th: Strange Invaders
July 15th: Sleuth
July 16th: Frenzy
July 17th: Kingdom of Heaven: The Director’s Cut
July 18th: Cadillac Man
July 19th: The Sure Thing
July 20th: Moving Violations
July 21st: Meatballs
July 22nd: Cast a Giant Shadow
July 23rd: Out of the Past
July 24th: The Big Steal
July 25th: Where Danger Lives
July 26th: Crossfire
July 27th: Ricco, The Mean Machine
July 28th: In Harm’s Way
July 29th: Firecreek
July 30th: The Cheyenne Social Club
July 31st: The Man Who Knew Too Much
August 1st: The Spirit of St. Louis
August 2nd: Von Ryan’s Express
August 3rd: Can-Can
August 4th: Desperate Characters
August 5th: The Possession of Joel Delaney
August 6th: Quackser Fortune Has A Cousin In The Bronx
August 7th: Start the Revolution Without Me
August 8th: Hell Is A City
August 9th: The Pied Piper
August 10th: Partners
August 11th: Barry Lyndon
August 12th: The Skull
August 13th: The Hellfire Club
August 14th: Blood of the Vampire
August 15th: Terror of the Tongs
August 16th: Pirates of Blood River
August 17th: The Devil-Ship Pirates
August 18th: Jess Franco’s Count Dracula
August 19th: Dracula A.D. 1972
August 20th: The Stranglers of Bombay
August 21st: Man, Woman & Child
August 22nd: The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane
August 23rd: The Young Philadelphians
August 24th: The Rack
August 25th: Until They Sail
August 26th: Somebody Up There Likes Me
August 27th: The Set-Up
August 28th: The Devil & Daniel Webster
August 29th: Cat People
August 30th: The Curse of the Cat People
August 31st: The 7th Victim
September 1st: The Ghost Ship
September 2nd: Isle of the Dead
September 3rd: Bedlam
September 4th: Black Sabbath
September 5th: Black Sunday
September 6th: Twitch of the Death Nerve
September 7th: Tragic Ceremony
September 8th: Lisa & The Devil
September 9th: Baron Blood
September 10th: A Shot In The Dark
September 11th: The Pink Panther
September 12th: The Return of the Pink Panther
September 13th: The Pink Panther Strikes Again
September 14th: Revenge of the Pink Panther
September 15th: Trail of the Pink Panther
September 16th: The Real Glory
September 17th: The Winning of Barbara Worth
September 18th: The Cowboy and the Lady
September 19th: Dakota
September 20th: Red River
September 21st: Terminal Station
September 22nd: The Search
September 23rd: Act of Violence
September 24th: Houdini
September 25th: Money From Home
September 26th: Papa’s Delicate Condition
September 27th: Dillinger
September 28th: Battle of the Bulge
September 29th: Daisy Kenyon
September 30th: Laura
October 1st: The Dunwich Horror
October 2nd: Experiment In Terror
October 3rd: The Devil’s Rain
October 4th: Race With The Devil
October 5th: Salo, Or The 120 Days of Sodom
October 6th: Bad Dreams
October 7th: The House Where Evil Dwells
October 8th: Memories of Murder
October 9th: The Hunger
October 10th: I Saw What You Did
October 11th: I Spit On Your Grave
October 12th: Naked You Die
October 13th: The Wraith
October 14th: Silent Night, Bloody Night
October 15th: I Bury The Living
October 16th: The Beast Must Die
October 17th: Hellgate
October 18th: He Knows You’re Alone
October 19th: The Thing From Another World
October 20th: The Fall of the House of Usher
October 21st: Audrey Rose
October 22nd: Who Slew Auntie Roo?
October 23rd: Wait Until Dark
October 24th: Dead & Buried
October 25th: A Bucket of Blood
October 26th: The Bloodstained Shadow
October 27th: I, Madman
October 28th: Return to Horror High
October 29th: Die, Monster, Die
October 30th: Epidemic
October 31st: Student Bodies
November 1st: Black Widow
November 2nd: The Ghost & Mrs. Muir
November 3rd: Flying Tigers
November 4th: Executive Action
November 5th: The Busy Body
November 6th: It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World
November 7th: Libeled Lady
November 8th: Up The River
November 9th: Doctor Bull
November 10th: Judge Priest
November 11th: Ten Little Indians
November 12th: Murder On The Orient Express
November 13th: Daniel
November 14th: El Dorado
November 15th: The Gambler
November 16th: Once Upon A Time In America
November 17th: Salvador
November 18th: Best Seller
November 19th: The Holcroft Covenant
November 20th: Birdman of Alcatraz
November 21st: The Train
November 22nd: Gunfight At The O.K. Corral
November 23rd: Mystery Street
November 24th: Border Incident
November 25th: The Tin Star
November 26th: On The Beach
November 27th: Twelve O’Clock High
November 28th: Gentleman’s Agreement
November 29th: Panic In The Streets
November 30th: The Hot Rock
December 1st: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
December 2nd: The Day of the Dolphin
December 3rd: Carnal Knowledge
December 4th: The Cincinnati Kid
December 5th: Pocketful of Miracles
December 6th: Mikey & Nicky
December 7th: Two-Minute Warning
December 8th: The Sentinel
December 9th: How To Steal A Million
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Dec. 11, 2008, 10:26 a.m. CST
Dec. 11, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST
You're in for a treat
Dec. 11, 2008, 10:37 a.m. CST
by Boba Fat
Have you seen "My Favourite Year"? O'Toole gives a great comic performance in that and the story is supposedly based on the young Mel Brook's experience, as a young writer, to keep Errol Flynn sober for a tv show. Seems a shame we didn't see O'Toole in more comedies.
Dec. 11, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST
I rented this years ago, figuring Sellers and Allen, how can it be bad? It was a snorefest. Greatly disappointing.
Dec. 11, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST
by Rickey Henderson
"You are a monster and a monster, in that order!"
Dec. 11, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST
Allen basically disowned this film, saying that the director ruined it and allowed Sellers to much free reign. Sellers also ended up stealing jokes that were originally written for Allen's character. The experience was so unpleasant that Allen pretty much vowed to never let someone else handle his scripts again.
Dec. 11, 2008, 11 a.m. CST
Beatty left because the producer wanted to cast HIS girlfriend, a french model with no acting experience, asthe female lead... not Beatty wanting his girlfriend cast in the role. This was one of Allen's only major studio pictures. He disliked every giving their input on the script so much that he resolved to work independently from then on.
Dec. 11, 2008, 11:11 a.m. CST
Please inform some that Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill ain't a sequel
Dec. 11, 2008, 11:29 a.m. CST
by Barrymore Yorke
I've been waiting for this one. One of the greatest screwball comedies ever made -- and I'm glad you got it,Quint. You've got good taste, man. And as for Romy Schneider . . . yeah. Absolutely a radiant being of pure cuteness.
Dec. 11, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST
This is the first AMAD I haven't seen that I will rent. I actually laughed at Quint's description of the fight between Sellers and his wife. It must be hilarious.
Dec. 11, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST
I can believe that he stole other actor's jokes, lines, etc. The guy was a truly unique comedic talent but from all accounts he was a massive prick.
Dec. 11, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
Woody Allen. I don't support pedophiles, oh excuse me, alleged pedophiles. I'll pass on any Polanski stuff too. I wanted to puke when they had the Oscars after 9/11 and Woody Allen made wha I believe was his first appearance even though he'd been nominated before. He was there representing New York, and everyone was clapping for him.
Dec. 11, 2008, 12:41 p.m. CST
but he is an amoral cad. Woody Allen is the friggin' Pope next to Roman Polanski and they gave that guy a standing ovation. What else would you expect?
Dec. 11, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST
this or after the fox...they were playing at the drive in...my parents took us all...we got to watch the cartoons, then were forced to go to sleep in the back of our rambler station wagon...i peeked throughout both movies...watching them now, they are both relatively innocent films...and after the fox is a brilliant take on the american and italian movie industries...hey quint, if you havent seen after the fox...put that on your list
Dec. 11, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST
Ok, firstly I admit I've met the man when he filmed Venus, and he is as charming to his fans as you imagine, but even before he signed my "my favourite year" DVD I came to the conclusion that this is the one great actor who can do it all. Epic, tragic, comedy, classics and anything else are all areas in which he excelled. They should give him a proper oscar. This would diminish him.
Dec. 11, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
Dec. 11, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
in a supporting role or something but lost? Or, am I getting my years mixed up?
Dec. 11, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST
The last lines should read THEY SHOULD NEVER give him a PROPER OSCAR as this would diminish him!
Dec. 11, 2008, 12:59 p.m. CST
O'Toole has one an honoury oscar and I think now holds the record amount of best actor nominations without a win. If I recall he's been nominated for lawrence, Beckett, lion in winter, the ruling class, Venus and a couple of others I cannot remember. Meanwhile Nicholas cage and sean Penn, not to mention art carney all have received oscars.
Dec. 11, 2008, 1 p.m. CST
Peter O'Toole was nominated for Venus at the 2007 Academy Awards and lost to Forest Whitaker (Last King of Scotland). <p> I will also mention another possible O'Toole movie for you to watch Quint, Night of the Generals. Far from a masterpiece but Peter O'Toole gives a real chilling performance as a psychotic Nazi (yeah I know, redundant).
Dec. 11, 2008, 1:01 p.m. CST
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Dec. 11, 2008, 1:04 p.m. CST
I'm a big Woody fan but if his artistic integrity was so affected as he later stated..... He may of been better not to sign up with the same producer for Casino Royale, the son of this movie.
Dec. 11, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST
by Napoleon Park
I get that the emphasis is on the movie at A Movie A Day, but how to you discuss this without at least commenting on the great posters, a couple of which seem to be by the immortal jack Davis, and the theme song, Tom Jones best song ever (sorry, Thunderball).
Dec. 11, 2008, 2:42 p.m. CST
Quint, I love slapstick and I really love this film. I love Peter Sellers, but I think Steve Franken steals the show. Just keep your eye on this guy. His character's name is Levinson. He was one of the waiters. He played Chatsworth Osborne Jr. on The Many Loves of Dobbie Gillis. Enjoy the film and keep up your fantastic reviews. I look forward to many more. Bob Kimberlin
Dec. 11, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST
I meant Dobie.
Dec. 11, 2008, 3:16 p.m. CST
...is like a chaotic continuation of this film. It even references the other film and, of course, has some of the same stars. If you hate the 60s Casino Royale (which most people do) then you ain't gonna like "What's New Pussycat?" either.
Dec. 11, 2008, 6:02 p.m. CST
by Quake II
Pretty funny. I may pick up a copy. Gotta love that Tom Jones theme song.
Dec. 11, 2008, 6:30 p.m. CST
This column needs more movies from outside America. Don't get me wrong, America's produced a larger quantity of classics than any other country in the world, but still- not one single foreign language flick in half a year of movie-watching? That is unless you count a few dubbed Bava movies.<p> </p>I'm a film fan, too. The movies I watch don't only span from the '20s right up to the present, they also cover everywhere from the Czech Republic to Jamaica. I know you've reviewed more recent foreign flicks, so I don't see why you can't cover a few of 'em in the AMAD column. That is, unless the A stands for American...
Dec. 11, 2008, 6:46 p.m. CST
they are the original versions. %100 foreign films. Also the Hammer films he watched, and a few others here and there during October, etc. His format of connecting the films has steered him away from foreign films I think.
Dec. 11, 2008, 6:52 p.m. CST
by Shut the Fuck up Donny
in the AMADs as he keeps popping up in these movie posters. But apparently nobody cares. But at least you know you have a fellow in arms! <p> However, I'm an avid collector of Mad Magazine and a UGA grad, so I'm a little biased..!
Dec. 11, 2008, 7:04 p.m. CST
In that case, I'll give Quint a few suggestions. Dennis Hopper in Der Amerikanische Freund (an awesome lost Ripley movie) gives you a nice in to ein arschload of German flicks. Dirk Bogarde will open up a world of awesome Italian movies (so will Brando in Last Tango, if you haven't seen that yet). Or there's David Bowie in Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence linking you to the whole of Takashi Kitano's cannon. Erm...Kristen Scott Thomas has been in a few French films, too.<p> </p>Not to mention all the foreign directors who've emigrated to Hollywood over the years. It's not really THAT hard to link America to the rest of the world.
Dec. 11, 2008, 7:07 p.m. CST
Don't Beat me up, dude. Get it, 'cause he's called Beat Takeshi? Ah screw you guys, bunch've ingrates!!! ;^)
Dec. 11, 2008, 7:39 p.m. CST
We got the great French actor Jean Gabin coming up. That allows you to show Pepe Le Moko, Grand Illusion, La Bete Humaine, The Sicilian Clan, Touchez pas au grisbi, Port of Shadows, etc. And it links you to Alain Delon, Jean Renior, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Marlene Dietrich, Louis Jouvet, Marcell Carne and a bunch of other great French and European actors and directors.
Dec. 11, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST
You can follow the great Ida Lupino later. Veer off and follow Jean Gabin and see where that leads us!
Dec. 11, 2008, 7:50 p.m. CST
If I can support and admire rich white men who kept black slaves but also created the greatest document insuring freedom and civil rights that history had known, I can also admire the works of art from men who slept with underage girls.
Dec. 11, 2008, 7:54 p.m. CST
by Paul Bucciarelli
Good call. Except for E.C. lovers, Jack Davis is way underrated and overlooked. His poster for It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is fucking great.
Dec. 11, 2008, 7:59 p.m. CST
by Paul Bucciarelli
Is there anybody out there besides me that's seen The Ruling Class?
Dec. 11, 2008, 8:06 p.m. CST
Gorgeous...REALLY gorgeous (I especially like her psycho turn in They Drive by Night), great actress and a groundbreaking female director to boot! Looking at a few of the public domain movies Quint's got coming up on his list (The Stranger), I wouldn't be surprised if he's got The Hitchhiker in his collection just crying to be watched.<p> And while I can completely see where Grammaton's coming from, some of those morally bankrupt directors' work is just too good to pass up. If we only exposed ourselves to the art of totally well-adjusted, Ned Flanders types, we'd still be watching The Waltons and Our Town.
Dec. 11, 2008, 8:08 p.m. CST
Ida sucks. Go with Gabin, dagnamnit!
Dec. 11, 2008, 8:10 p.m. CST
You could even follow Fritz Lang if you wanted to! So many possibilities...
Dec. 11, 2008, 8:16 p.m. CST
by Paul Bucciarelli
Have you ever seen Lang's Siegried? I've wanted to see it ever since seeing pics in Famous Monsters years ago. Not sure if it's avilable on DVD though
Dec. 11, 2008, 8:18 p.m. CST
..but I personally think the Jean Gabin path would lead to more interesting films. <p> Still, Ida is one of the most interesting and talented people to ever work in film. I mean as a an actress she was great (as you mentioned They Drive By Night, plus On Dangerous Ground, High Sierra, Beware My Lovely, Out of the Fog, Woman in Hiding, etc.) and she was a damn good director (the Outrage, the Bigamist and she even kept up with the boys with tough guy noir like the Hitchhiker). <p> And Paul. I've seen the Ruling Class. Saw it at the Egyptian Theatre sometime last year. Pretty damn funny.
Dec. 11, 2008, 8:21 p.m. CST
by Paul Bucciarelli
Ever see Lang's Siegfried? I've wanted to see it ever since I saw pics in Famous Monsters as a kid but have never gotten around to it. Not sure if it's on DVD. I'm with you on Ida Lupino. I love They Drive By Night but It's kind of strange to watch a movie where such a big deal is made out of being able to drive a truck. They really do act like it's rocket science.
Dec. 11, 2008, 8:22 p.m. CST
I mean besides his German Films (M, Metropolis, Dr. Mabuse series) you also have some really interesting American films. For the record, I am a HUGE Fritz Lang fan, so as much as I would like Quint to follow him, I think it still would be interesting for him to go down the Jean Gabin path, <p> If you do decide to follow Lang Quint, go with the best Fritz Lang American double-feature ever: Woman in the Window & Scarlet Street.
Dec. 11, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST
by Paul Bucciarelli
Loved Nigel Green in that flick as the A.C. Christ. The Scene with the skeletons in Parliament is creepy as hell.
Dec. 11, 2008, 8:37 p.m. CST
of the two Siegfried movies. And I theeenk the only available versions are import...with no subtitles. Although you probably don't need them with movies like that.<p> </p>It's been awhile since I last saw it, but I remember laughing my head of at The Ruling Class. I dare Quint to call THAT dry British comedy...
Dec. 11, 2008, 9:30 p.m. CST
And way to go on not linking to Casino Royale so you could get more Sellers movies in first, then finishing with another gigantic cast, which gives a bigger jumping off point. I am also curious by the lack of foreign films so far, but I know there are probably some in the great unwatched in your stacks. And did you miss the Richard Burton cameo in this movie? The one wryly referring to O'Toole and Burton's friendship/rivalry?
Dec. 11, 2008, 9:42 p.m. CST
There was a book written about 30 years ago titled "On Being Funny" which covers all of Allen's films up to "Sleeper",and he goes into some detail about everything that went wrong with this film. According to Allen, he wrote the O'Toole part for HIMSELF, that HE was supposed to be this great lover.(that was the main joke of the film,but the studio didn't get it)Peter Sellers chose to wear that odd pageboy wig for no particular reason and the studio made changes to the script on a regular basis. They even added a cameo by Richard Burton that he absolutely hated. Allen wrote his character in so he could still be in the movie. The title, "What's New Pussycat?" came from the producer, It was the phrase he used to greet people around the studio.
Dec. 11, 2008, 9:54 p.m. CST
Jack Davis did some fine movie poster art, but this is not one of them. These caricatures are by the one and only Frank Frazetta.
Dec. 11, 2008, 10:54 p.m. CST
by Paul Bucciarelli
Frazetta did quite a bit of humorous illustration including a stint with Al Capp.
Dec. 12, 2008, 2:31 a.m. CST
They always get so cut up based on what region they're released in. In England they removed the go kart scene for being too racy.
Dec. 12, 2008, 3 a.m. CST
No pun intended GAH? go kart? racy? geddit?
Dec. 12, 2008, 3:50 a.m. CST
by El Borak
some of those posters are by frank f.
Dec. 12, 2008, 8:56 a.m. CST
It was bizarre with a capital B. I enjoyed it at the time. Of course, I was also drunk. But then again, so were the filmmakers so it made sense.
Dec. 12, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST
Frank Frazetta did more than just a "stint" with Al Capp, he "ghosted" his comic strip for several years. (FF started out as a comic book artist, doing both "realististic" and funny animal comics) He left Capp in the early 60s,which really pissed off Capp, and he tried to blackball Frank. (for a while FF wasn't able to find comic book work because of Capp.(Lil' Abner is a fantastic comic strip, but Al Capp the man had a reputation for being a real dick.)So for a while his illustrator friends helped him out by finding him work in advertising. During this period Frank did a few movie posters that copied the Jack Davis style of Mad, Mad, World. An illustrator friend of Frank's landed a contract with a paperback company to do a series of book covers. His friend discovered that the job was too much for him and brought in Frank to help out, but finally he ended up giving the entire job to Frank because the quality of Frank's work was way beyond what he had done.The public responce to Frank's work was almost immediate. All these pulp reprints by Edgar Rice Burroghs and Robert E. Howard were flying off the shelf. Most people bought these book strictly for the cover art.(like I did) The paperback company was so impressed with FF's work that they stared reprinting it in calendars, posters,and full color paperback art books. Al Capp tried to ruin him, but Frank had the last laugh.
Dec. 12, 2008, 11:27 a.m. CST
This was mad comedy at his maddest. Brilliant. And I know Woody hated it but he would have made it a more satircal comedy. I'm sure his version would have been great too but too disciplined. This is pure silliness of the highest order that truly embodys the 60s mood of wildness.
Dec. 12, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST
by Paul Bucciarelli
I knew all of that so perhaps stint was the wrong term to use. Yeah, Capp was a major cocksucker. One viewing of Imagine confirms that. A funny Frazetta story: Back in the late 70's I was on the committee of sci/fi movie con here and Ellie Frazetta was a guest (Frank almost never did cons) and was holding court in the room where some of his incredibly beautiful originals were on display. As she held the small group of art students in thrall with her tales, she asked the group "Can you imagine what it's like being married to a genius?" Without missing a beat, the security guard standing next to her said "You'll have to ask my wife." The look on her face was priceless. I'm planning on a drive up to the museum (it's only 8 hours away) in the spring sometime.
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