I think this all reflects Blake Edwards' liking of a good time in holiday locations... a party vibe for folks of all ages and fashion victims!
I'm more of a Casio man myself.
The musical cue, 'The Village Inn', which plays as Clouseau attempts to squeeze his hand out of the beer stein is one of my favourite cuts on the soundtrack alum.
Mancini at his best
Interesting business about the People's claim on the Pink Panther diamond, contested by the Princess as a surviving member of the regime of the ruling class. Especially since Clouseau is himself a man of the people, kind of... oddly the most relatable character.
Simone with Sir Charles under her bed, George in the cupboard, desperately trying to prevent Jacques from finding them... old as the hills, still works.
That proscenium style is used for much of the farcical stuff in the bedroom too, with the concealed lover and would-be lover... very much like a stage play.
The later Pink Panther films often swap this kind of comedy for pure slapstick.
I have to admit that I really don't like the slapstick of those later films... Here, the classic farce works well with the overall sense of wit and style.
Capucine is excellent here, the centre of the scene.
I agree. I do like A Shot in the Dark, and I enjoy bits of The Pink Panther Strikes Again, but the rest pale in comparison to the original, in my opinion.
There's a lot of ad-libbing here, too...? all those "my darling!"s
Little moments...I always enjoy the look on George's face when he attempts to leave the room but breaks the door handle off.
Somehow the soggy, sagging yellow wool of his costume also adds to the comedy value.
A lot of this also reminds me of 'The Persuaders!'... Tony Curtis ad-libbing some tomfoolery with the girl-of-the-week while Roger Moore plays along suavely
Sellers' vocal performance as the champagne bottle pops in the bed reminds me a bit of his work with the Goons. And it is totally out of sync with his lips in that scene...so even more like a radio performance. 😂
Yes... the pay-off on that broken handle!
And then the none-too-subtle symbolism of the popped champagne bottle... the comic climax of the bedroom romp!
I didn't notice it was out of sync!
Niven walking out of the ice block with a "Good evening!" for the surprised revellers... very Jaws in MR!
Jacques Clouseau...the man with golden gun
Another favourite moment of mine
It's the one prop with which he doesn't have an accident.
I love Clouseau kissing Tucker's hand, and then getting jammed in the door with him too.
Ah, the fancy dress party- possibly this film's highlight! I'm going to enjoy this.
Colin Gordon's Tucker is a really effective straight man to Sellers in this film... such as in the hand-kissing gag with Cardinale. I like the dry style of that stuff more than all the over-the-top business with Dreyfus later in the franchise,
The zebra costume is terrific..."I'll have your stripes"
One of the movie's funniest verbal gags.
That silver Ferrari is rather sexy
I love Claudia Cardinale's traditional Asian costume... the costume party is a way of re-connecting her with who she's supposed to be.
I have to say that all the comedy to do with there being two gorillas seems a bit laboured...
Two gorillas- but of course!