The Party is an excellent litmus test for ones cultural sensitivity. Cinematic chameleon Peter Sellers, sporting brownface and a diminished IQ, bumbles his way through a Hollywood party speaking in an uncomfortably absurd Indian accent as actor Hrundi V. Bakshi. The film was the only collaboration between Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers not involving his other famous bumbling knucklehead who spoke in an absurd accent. Although not nearly as significant as Dr. Strangelove or Being There, 40 years on, The Party is still frequently quoted and bewilderingly beloved. Take notes and try some new ideas at your next holiday party.
Sun., Dec. 28, 6 p.m., 2008