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Unsuccessful singing bullfighter Juan arrives in Barcelona to try his luck in a big town. He finally persuades a devious local impresario to book him, but only on the condition that Juan first manages to spend an evening with Olimpia, a "shrewd merciless beauty" who seems effortlessly to collect apartments and Maserati sports cars while leaving a trail of broken hearts behind her. Juan approaches the challenge by pretending to her he is an emissary for a rich count. Written by
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Along with the Party, the Bobo marks peter sellers as a great actor, and not just a comedian. It's also listed as the Blue Matador, and you will see why by the end....
This bittersweet romantic comedy tells a story of the matador aspiring to become a singer. Peter sellers, BOBO of the title, takes on a bet from a Theater owner to seduce Olympia (Britt Ekland), the most desirable courtesan in Barcelona, who has rejected all of the theatre owner's advances. The reward is that the BOBO can perform at the theater.
The semi-Clouseau sets out and steals the heart of the courtesan, much to the surprise of everyone (see, women do like nice guys). The only problem is that the courtesan finds out about the bet (ouch, nothing worse than the woman's fury).
Terrific chemistry between Sellers and then-wife Ekland that even Kubrik could not extract from Cruise-Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut.
Do not expect a Pink panther/clouseau slapstick here, although there are plenty of laughs. Its just a sweet comedy of manners that not even Woody Allen achieved.
I don't understand some reviewers hate for the ending; what did they expect from Sellers. The ending was fitting with the film and not the Hollywood styled happy endings. Still, there was enough love and respect from the protagonists to signify mutual everlasting friendship.
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