The Life & Death of Peter Sellers

The Life & Death of Peter Sellers

DVD - 2005
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A fictional account of the life of the motion picture actor Peter Sellers.
Publisher: [New York] : HBO Video, c2005
ISBN: 9780783130415
0783130414
Branch Call Number: FIC Life
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Life and death of Peter Sellers
Audience: CHV rating: 14A

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rslade
Mar 02, 2016

Interesting and incredible acting from a great cast.

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Nursebob
Apr 04, 2015

Peter Sellers was a comic phenomenon who started with radio skits before moving on to a rewarding movie career which included the "Pink Panther" series and his penultimate film, the critically acclaimed "Being There". He had a knack for bringing oddball characters to life but in reality he found it impossible to play the most important character of all—himself. Given to bouts of dark depression and frequent violent outbursts he was unable to reconcile living in the spotlight with having a personal identity of his own. The result was a string of failed marriages, a growing sense of alienation, and an unhealthy relationship with his domineering mother who kept the apron strings tied a bit too tightly. Stephen Hopkins’ psychological roller coaster of a biopic, based on Roger Lewis’ tell-all book, is as manic and flamboyant as its subject. Told in episodes linked by home movies, fantasy interludes, and ersatz film clips Sellers (Geoffrey Rush, amazing) is portrayed as an empty vessel, incredibly talented yet constantly hungering for more, be it fame, love, or beautiful women including a tempestuous stint with Swedish bombshell Britt Ekland (Charlize Theron looking more like Ekland than Ekland herself). Hopkins takes a novel approach to exploring Sellers’ chaotic psyche often having Rush assume other characters as the troubled actor tries to reshape unpleasant memories—as first wife Anne (Emily Watson) storms out of the room after a heated argument she is suddenly replaced by Sellers in full drag who, as Anne, proceeds to forgive him for his infidelity. In another scene he plays his mother praising him for being such a good son even as she steps into her own casket. An opening credits sequence looks ironically like a Blake Edwards comedy and a string of strategically placed 60’s pop songs maintain a sense of time and location. A giddy and harrowing look at the enigma which was Peter Sellers.

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joseph
Jan 06, 2010

Good – The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) [Made for Television - HBO but screened at Cannes] 122min. Geoffrey Rush did an amazing job playing Peter Sellers that it was difficult to tell them apart at times. The film is based on the Roger Lewis book of the same name, which takes an unsavoury look at Sellers’ life. Peter Sellers was an incredible comedic actor despite whatever he was behind the camera. And that comes to light when Rush demonstrates a real life incident of Sellers on a plane giving a flight attendant a hard time ala Inspector Clouseau – very funny scene. The film is well produced and won numerous Emmys for acting (Rush), writing, directing, among others. Though his son, who had a terrible relationship with his father, reports that the book on the life of his father was full of lies, it’s still worth watching this film – especially for the behind the scenes look at Sellers as he films his greatest roles.

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PimaLib_WilliamB May 06, 2015

Geoffrey Rush presents this film as Peter Sellers narrating his life, jumping in and out of the various actors at points to tell his story. This is not a pretty one, either. For a man who made so many laugh, there are many dark moments here. Excellent performances and it is fun to see many of his famous roles brought back to life.

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