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FILM CLUB: THE PARTY@Boa 9/11

Posted by Omar / September 9, 2006

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Somehow it seems fitting that the film we'd play on 9/11 would feature a benevolent, quasi-spiritual, lovable and goofy brown man. Considering the gravitas surrounding the fifth anniversary of September 11th, perhaps we could all enjoy the comic relief brought by "birdie num-nums."

The Party, starring the legendary Peter Sellers, is exactly that -- a party, and a great one. However this often wild and unpredictable, nervous comedy is more than just yuk-yuks. Sellers plays for broad laughs, but also manages to inject real pathos into his hapless character. Sure, you're laughing at his thick accent and bumbling mannerisms, but you're also laughing at the absurdity of the whole situation.

One of the most surreal experiences of my life was watching The Party in a crowded theatre in Lahore, Pakistan. Despite the laughs coming from me and my brother, the audience was largely quiet. I imagined they were wondering: "What's so exciting about a movie, in which a regular guy like me goes to a party?" That this film managed to win them over with its ebullient climax, which had them rolling in the aisles, is a testament to its greatness.

Sellers turns in another one of his god-like performances, conveying all the awkwardness and embarrassment of being Indian and living in the West.

So, come on over to Boa Taverne Modern (5301 St. Laurent) on Monday at 8:30pm. As always, free admission. Beer and popcorn available -- and there might even be samosas.

And for all you film distributors and studio heads who maybe reading...um...er....."HOWDY, PARTNER!"

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Hoo! It gets funnier every time. The funniest parts, I submit, are the parts between the funny parts, when the camera just lingers on Sellers in the moments before and after whatever shenanigans he gets up to. When he's just standing there. Shit.
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