“Mr. Topaze” Blu-ray with Peter Sellers

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Disclaimer; I received this Blu-ray for free in exchange for my review and my honest opinion, I have not been compensated in any way except for the product.

 

Peter Sellers was one of the funniest men on film, I have watched him in Pink Panther, and his other movies, he always keeps me laughing everytime I watch his movies. Mr. Topaze is a classic and one of his finer movies, this is is Directorial Debut and he has done a wonderful job at directing and starring in this. You can see his physical comedic traits for Jacques Couseau in the ‘Pink Panther’.  There is no telling what he would have came up with if he hadn’t died so young. Purchase here; https://www.filmmovement.com/product/mr-topaze

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Albert Topaze (Peter Sellers), a poor but proud French schoolmaster, loses his job after he refuses to alter the failing grades of one of his students. Seizing the opportunity to exploit his honesty, actress Suzy Courtois (Nadia Gray) convinces her lover, the corrupt city council member Castel Benac (Herbert Lom), to hire Topaze as a managing director for one of his shady businesses.

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But when Topaze learns he is being used, he cunningly turns the tables on Benac and makes off with all the money.

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Sellers’ lone directorial effort, MR. TOPAZE displays the British comic genius at the peak of his powers alongside his future Pink Panther nemesis Herbert Lom and a stellar supporting cast that includes Leo McKern, Billie Whitelaw and Michael Gough. Long considered a “lost” classic, MR. TOPAZE was digitally restored in 2K from the last surviving 35mm prints held in the BFI National Archive.

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In his newly-written MR. TOPAZE essay included in the Film Movement Classics release, Roger Lewis, author of “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” writes “In my opinion we are only now beginning to wake up to Sellers’ unique qualities as a performer, and the rediscovery of Mr. Topaze will aid this reassessment. It is a film of which Jacques Tati might be proud. It is as good as any of the later Chaplin efforts, Limelight or A Countess from Hong Kong. It is a scandal that it was lost for so long.”
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CAST 
  • Peter Sellers (Being There, The Pink Panther series, Dr. Strangelove)
  • Herbert Lom (The Pink Panther series, The Dead Zone, Spartacus)
  • Nadia Gray (La Dolce Vita)
  • Leo McKern (“Rumpole of the Bailey”, Ryan’s Daugher, The Mouse That Roared)
  • Billie Whitelaw (The Krays, Hot Fuzz, The Omen)
  • Michael Gough (Batman, Sleepy Hollow, The Age of Innocence)

 

Mr. Topaze (I Like Money) (1961) Trailer-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL4_Ykk1-O0&feature=youtu.be

BONUS FEATURES
  • Let’s Go Crazy (1951) – a madcap short film starring Peter Sellers and his Goon Show co-star Spike Milligan
  • The Poetry of Realism (2019) – Kat Ellinger video essay on auteur Marcel Pagnol, the playwright of Topaze
  • Abigail McKern Interview (2019) – Leo McKern’s daughter discusses her father’s life and career
  • 24-page booklet with notes on the film’s rediscovery by BFI curator Vic Pratt and a new essay by Roger Lewis, author of The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
PROGRAM INFORMATION
 
Type: Blu-ray/DVD/Digital (New 2K Digital Restoration)
Running Time: 97 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Audio: Mono

 

 

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