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The Party

Directed by Blake Edwards
United States, 1968


A clerical mistake results in a bumbling film extra being invited to an exclusive Hollywood party instead of being fired.

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The Party Directed by Blake Edwards
Unlike Zabriskie Point, another film/reflection dedicated to the 1968 revolt, Blake Edwards’ work seems to be looking ahead and beyond. The explosions of color and sound, even the revolts themselves, are just a prop, a way of masking the underlying solitude in every person: past or present, Indian or American. Because when you get down to it—as is revealed rather than concealed by the make-up—the two are none other than the same person.
December 16, 2016
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Adding just a dollop of absurdism to the mix, Edwards toys with the spatial properties of Holly’s one-bedroom apartment [in Breakfast at Tiffany’s], as the tight living space seems to expand and contort as the guests become drunker and, most amusingly, more rowdy. Edwards expands on this scene in his dizzying 1968 film The Party, with is more experimental in its aesthetic and comic brio.
October 05, 2014
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Sarris, who gave “The Party” one of its few sympathetic reviews, found it misconceived: “As with ‘The Great Race,’ Edwards has tried to resurrect a classical comedy tradition that never really existed as a tradition. Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd were exceptions to the formula frenzies of their time.” But “The Party” is in the tradition of Keystone’s transgressive vulgarity. It’s the tension between Sellers’s inane tact and the general tastelessness of his surroundings that gives the movie its zing.
October 02, 2014
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