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Thursday, July 22, 2010

What's New Pussycat? (1965)

Although he is engaged to be married, a journalist (Peter O'Toole) finds himself irresistible to women and unable to resist their advances. To help with this problem, he seeks the help of an unorthodox psychiatrist (Peter Sellers). Unfortunately, this only adds to his problem. Written by Woody Allen (who has disowned the film) and directed by Clive Donner. This sex farce is one of the more amusing examples of the ample sex comedies that proliferated in the "swinging" 1960s. While still very much tangled in the decade, there are enough verbal and visual gags to keep one tickled. The superb cast, expert farceurs all, is up for the shenanigans and bring their individual brand of idiosyncrasy to the proceedings. In addition to Sellers and O'Toole, the screenplay's author Woody Allen has a role in the film and there's quartet of delectable comediennes (in addition to Schneider, there's Paula Prentiss, Ursula Andress and Capucine). The irresistibly catchy score is by Burt Bacharach. With Eddra Gale and Francoise Hardy.

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