This month’s Film Comment Double Feature will celebrate the 50th anniversary of everyone’s favorite inept Frenchman, Inspector Jacques Clouseau! That’s right, half a century has gone by since Blake Edwards’s The Pink Panther starring Peter Sellers hit theaters. The two flicks Film Comment will be screening (on glorious 35mm, of course) are from a bit later in the franchise: The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) and The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976).
In his original review of The Return of the Pink Panther in 1975, New York Times critic Vincent Canby wrote: “Watching it is like taking a long, wild sail off a banana peel and landing a couple of hours later, softly and unharmed, exhausted from laughing.”
We wholeheartedly agree. And thanks to the Peter Sellers Appreciation Society (PSAS), we’ve got some truly unique things lined up for Thursday night: surprise showings of rare materials and a raffle for some awesome prizes including a Pink Panther kids’ umbrella, The Pink Panther Strikes Again novelization, a 3-D hologram postcard, and a doozy of a grand prize: an Inspector Clouseau full-body cartoon figurine piggy bank sealed in its original packaging!
PSAS also hooked us up with some vintage materials from their archives. Check them out below and get your tickets now!
The Return of the Pink Panther
The Pink Panther Strikes Again