Life and Death of Peter Sellers, The / Жизнь и смерть Питера Селлерса
Режиссер: Stephen Hopkins
Продюсер: Roger Lewis (book), Christopher Markus (teleplay)
Год выпуска: 2004
Актеры: Geoffrey Rush (as Peter Sellers), Charlize Theron (as Britt Ekland), Emily Watson (as Anne Sellers), John Lithgow (as Blake Edwards), Miriam Margolyes (as Peg Sellers), Peter Vaughan (as Bill Sellers), Sonia Aquino (as Sophia Loren), Stanley Tucci (as Stanley Kubrick), Stephen Fry (as Maurice Woodruff), Henry Goodman (as Dennis Selinger), Alison Steadman (as Casting Agent), Peter Gevisser (as Ted Levy), David Robb (as Dr. Lyle Wexler), Richard Ayoade (as Photographer at Wedding), Edward Tudor-Pole (as Spike Milligan (as Edward Tudor Pole))
Описание: Жизнь и смерть Питера Селлерса отслеживает превращение британского комика из популярного радио диджея в одного из самых талантливых комических актеров в мире, прославившего благодаря роли в серии фильмов о Розовой Пантере. Подавляемый собственнической матерью, Селлерс пытался ладить со своими женщинами и справляться с собственной славой и сложным характером. Но несмотря на многочисленных любовниц, семейную жизнь, положительные отзывы критиков и профессиональные успехи низкая самооценка и отсутствие уверенности в себе причиняли ему большие страдания. Фильм раскрывает душевную боль Питера Селлерса, которую он носил в себе годы, и пытается понять что заставило этого харизматичного актера заявить на весь мир: "Я ненавижу все что я делаю". Попутно фильм напоминает нам о том, как Селлерс взобрался на вершину мировой славы, и как стал иконой популярной культуры высшего разряда.
Рецензии: Stephen Hopkins' "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" is a monumental film that undertook the difficult task of understanding the late Peter Sellers. This unique actor, with such a complicated personality and who lived such a turbulent life, comes alive in this HBO production based on the book by Roger Lewis, with an adaptation by Christopher Markus.
Peter Sellers covered quite a lot of ground during his life. He was one of the best actors working in the England of the fifties, working in all those charming comedies that made him a star in his native land, but alas, was not well known in America because he had not yet been hired by Hollywood until his "discovery" by director Blake Edwards, who offered him the part of Inspector Clouseau after Peter Ustinov had turned down the role.
Prior to his worldwide recognition, Mr. Sellers had to work a lot in order to make ends meet. Life with his first wife Anne came to an abrupt end, when he discovered she had fallen for the interior decorator the couple had hired. Then, there is the fascinating episode with Sophia Loren, in which Mr. Sellers, in his mind, begins to think he is in love with her, only to be rebuked by Ms. Loren, a woman who was happily married to Carlo Ponti, and had no desire to become the second Mrs. Sellers.
The third woman in Mr. Sellers life is the beautiful, but much younger, Britt Ekland. From the start, one can figure this union was not to last. The age difference and the different cultures indicate these two were completely mismatched, as we get to watch in painful detail how the marriage disintegrates.
Mr. Hopkins makes his star, Geoffrey Rush, assume a lot of roles in addition of the main one, Peter Sellers. Geoffrey Rush shows his versatility in playing them with great style. His biggest achievement seems to be how he captures the essence of Peter Sellers, the man, and expose him to us in all his complexity.
The acting is superb. Emily Watson and Charlize Theron are seen as Anne and Britt, two women that left their mark in the life of Mr. Sellers. Both are excellent in the film. Miriam Margoyles plays Peg Sellers. John Lighgow is Blake Edwards, the man who elevated the actor to an international acclaim.
The film is a documentary, as well as a biopic about this man who gave a lot of joy to movie fans through his films. Geoffrey Rush has to be thanked for bringing him to life, as well as the director, Stephen Hopkins for giving us an understanding on what it was to be Peter Sellers.