|Life of the Party: A
Blake Edwards Tribute
This is an Aero Theatre Exclusive!
In a career that spanned more than 50 years as a writer, producer and director,
Blake Edwards (1922 - 2010) provided audiences with classics in nearly every genre of the
cinema. Though known primarily for comedies such as THE PARTY and THE PINK
PANTHER series, Edwards exhibited mastery of the domestic melodrama (the beautiful and
tragic DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES), the thriller (EXPERIMENT IN TERROR) and the musical (the
criminally underrated DARLING LILI). In the best tradition of studio-era auteurs like
Howard Hawks, Edwards managed to inject distinctly personal ideas and styles into popular
forms; regardless of genre, all of his films share a profound interest in close
relationships (between friends, lovers or colleagues) and their pitfalls. No director has
been more finely attuned to the wide spectrum of emotions that characterize the human
experience, and Edwards best films - films like BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S,
VICTOR/VICTORIA and S.O.B. - veer from humiliation and anxiety to giddy romance and
celebration all within the span of a couple of hours.
Please join us for a tribute to director Blake Edwards, which also includes a screening
of A SHOT IN THE DARK. Buy
Friday, February 4 7:30 PM
Double Feature: THE PINK PANTHER, 1964, MGM Repertory, 113 min.
Writer-director Blake Edwards introduced Peter Sellers absolutely clueless Inspector
Jacques Clouseau with this comedy about a British jewel thief and playboy (David Niven) on
a ski holiday with nephew Robert Wagner, mistress Capucine, exotic princess Claudia
Cardinale and a priceless diamond in tow. [35mm] Trailer
A SHOT IN THE DARK, 1964, MGM Repertory, 101
min. Blake Edwards follow-up to THE PINK PANTHER is a non-stop barrage of pratfalls,
sight gags and linguistic nonsense, courtesy of Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers).
Everything seems freshly minted, from Herbert Loms hysterics as Chief Inspector
Dreyfus to Burt Kwouks first appearance as Cato. [35mm] Trailer | Buy
Tickets Ken Wales, producer of THE
PARTY will apper in person for an introduction.
Saturday, February 5 7:30 PM
Double Feature: THE
PARTY, 1968, MGM Repertory, 99 min. Dir. Blake Edwards. For most of its length,
THE PARTY is a wonderfully restrained homage to Jacques Tati, with Peter Sellers in
perfect pitch as an awestruck Indian actor who disrupts a chic Hollywood gathering with
the help of French songbird Claudine Longet and an elephant. The final 15 minutes prove
that any great joke deserves a totally outrageous punchline. Look for Steve Franken as an
inebriated waiter and Denny Miller as a hilarious rhinestone cowboy. [35mm] Trailer | Buy
S.O.B., 1981, Warner Bros., 122 min. Dir. Blake Edwards.
When director Richard Mulligan's expensive musical turns out to be a flop, he decides to
recut it as an erotic epic that will exploit the squeaky-clean image of star Julie
Andrews. This hilarious and trenchant satire has echoes of Edwards' own experiences making
DARLING LILI, but its comedy reaches beyond mere score-settling to present a mercilessly
funny - and at times surprisingly sweet - poison-pen love letter to the American cinema.
The great supporting cast includes William Holden, Robert Webber, Robert Vaughn, Larry
Hagman (J.R. of "Dallas") and a very young Rosanna Arquette. [35mm] Clip | Buy