Call me a spiritualist, but I am one who has never done so much in the humorous greatness of Peter the seller. Okay, who would deny that I punched the punch of that Dr. Verstoso hat-trick in “Dr. Strangelove” performances? It’s not a good age. I’m saying this because there’s a kind of culture to the idea that Peter Vendors was a crazy genius: the man who had no self and became an entity when he played a character, the devil of the swinging sixties that Stealing movies from outside the movies.According to their creators.That cult is at the center of “Peter the Seller’s Ghost.”
In 1973, Vendors signed on to star in a pirate comedy called “Ghost in the Nude Sun,” where he pretended to be a pirate captain and cooked in the air. (It’s like a setup for Roberto Benigni’s Knitwit-Poker comedians, though made without skill in this case. 67) The film was shot in Cyprus over 67 days, and what a pain it was to experience – excluding numerous routine disasters. Marked by – this was a “surreal” script of the movie that was just there (it came down: put Peter Sellers in a bad wig, give him control of a pirate ship and give him his crazy bug-eye job) and shooting From the first day a kind of anxious chaos reigned. The director of Hungarian-born Peter Medak was bringing his acclaimed but top elite satire “The Ruling Class” and he knew he would rush into production without understanding what his movie was about, so he put all his faith in Peter’s vendors.
That was a big mistake. The sellers quickly realized that no one knew what they were doing and he reacted by trying to sabotage the product. It’s definitely a fair play to make a documentary about a notorious film disaster – a movie like “Gate to Heaven”, or a movie like “Doctor Dollytal” (parts of Mark Harris’s “Revolution of Images”) or Dennis Hopper’s “The Last” Movie “. The failure of these films, the way they reach the stars and fall on their faces, means fall, but “Ghost in the Nost Sun” is a jerry-built fiasco that has just had the benefit of ambition, which is why it was sheltered by Colombia. It’s a film made by Terry Gilliam of “The Man Hill Killedon Don Quixote”, “No! Extremely Woozy and ically historically absent and funny,” the kind of failure that can be rejected for not meeting the standards of the Mystery Theater 3000.
So what is the “ghost of Peter the seller”? It was a record of what it looked like to shoot an empty shumbling piece of rubbish that dried up the kaffir of everyone involved. It’s a record of the kind of damage that can be caused by an argument like Peter’s seller if he remembers his naughty (and perhaps, in some ways, restless).
More than that, the documentary is a confession that is also a part of Hollywood therapy. It was directed by Peter Medak – yes, the director of “Neste Rode Bhoot” but still 8 years old he interviewed some of his producers and collaborators, talked at length about his own experience of making the film and included many on-location clips. “Ghosts of Peter the Sellers” is an anatomy of a cinematic shipwreck, but the play also has a kind of nostalgia. Medak, for one, still surprises Peter vendors, And “Peter the Ghost of Vendors” is his weird hobby of returning to the darkest moment of his career.
For the most part in the film, Medek comes across as a Christopher guest character. No matter how bad the movie looks, no matter how badly the accidents stack up, no matter how many decades he had to reflect on this financial and aesthetic catastrophe, he sat there in his free quiet and unforgettable Hungarian-art-history-professor way, saying Said, “It brought tears to my eyes.” Forty-five years later, he is still desperate to know: What is the cause of this frustration? Why were the Peter sellers weak on me? Who was responsible?
The answer strikes us: he was responsible.
“Nude Sun Ghost” is a godsend picture because Peter Medak didn’t do the job of figuring out what the movie was about, so he and the crew were basically making this pose while they were moving forward. Medak, we don’t see any funny bones in his body from what we can see, so was he staging a wahahalic comedy first? (I know, I know: He’s “The Ruling Class.” Ugh.) I think he thought on some level that it was a pretty serious film, like the Jodorovsky Trippy slap piece.
The parts of the documentary have a rebranding entertainment in the do-it-yourself-wrong-to-do method. On the first day, the pirate ship, built from an old scooter, sank into the rocks and began to sink. Just before he arrives, vendors in the middle of a third crashing-burning wedding, his girlfriend Liza Minelli dropped him off, leaving the actor, according to Medak, “catastrophically disappointed”. The boat kept breaking down, people were becoming marine, and as the sellers wrote it, “It’s impossible to do a joke like this absolutely crazy fucking.” The sellers’ old “Gund Show” assistant Spike Milligan, who co-wrote the script, rewrote it. Was brought for, and once he finished the film he gained less knowledge than that. The sellers, after taking out his coaster (and former sailor) Tony Franciosa, refused to appear in the same frame with him.
And in 100 times more funny story than anything in the movie, the vendors of a serious heart condition (he died of a heart attack at the age of 50) were so desperate that he actually walked away. Pseudo Heart attack. Two days later, when everyone thought he was in a local hospital, they saw a tabloid picture of him having dinner with Princess Margaret in Harrods, London. He then returned to the set with a note from the doctor that he was too ill to work.
Vendors were at the top of his stardom then, but not at the top of his creativity. In “Ghost in the Nundy Sun”, played by a character named Dick Scratcher (yes, you read that right), he’s like a bearded 70’s bearded Al Pacino, channeled by Mel Brooks, with a black tooth and a vague rummy accent. Her performance is as tedious as the rest of the movie, and if you want to see it for yourself, you can watch “Ghost in the Nose Sun” on VHS or DVD (after sitting in the vault for a decade) released by Columbia in 1983).
In the end, Medak is still asking, “What happened?” She cries, she hugs her co-producer, she’s still honestly throwing her head in pain. “It’s not like we don’t know that Peter was a nut,” said Leviathan John Hayman, a London-based filmmaker and financier of a Northern film. How Nuts. “One way to look at it. Another way to look at it is that Peter Vendors is the most intelligent person in the picture – the only one who saw it.