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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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Peter Sellers was legendarily difficult during the making of this film, even falling out with Kenneth Griffith, one of his best friends. He was most hostile towards director Robert Parrish, and made determined efforts, not merely to undermine him, but to replace him as director. Until a short time before the film's release, it seemed that he would get a co-director credit. But eventually, Parrish got sole credit - some have unkindly suggested that Sellers waived his claim because he knew the film would be a critical and financial disaster (which it was). See more »
Olimpia has locked Pepe Gamazo out of his apartment. In the opening scene, Pepe chases her from the street in an attempt to reenter his apartment. Before he begins running, his long straight hair has a distinct part on the left side that exposes a large portion of his bare forehead. However, Olimpia beats him to the door. When Pepe reaches the apartment door, his hair is now windblown so that the part no longer shows (now resembling Moe of the Three Stooges). Yet when Olimpia looks through the peephole, his hair is neatly parted with a large portion of his forehead again visible. After she opens the door and pushes him into the elevator, he reverts back to the windblown look without parted hair. Later in another scene when Pepe knocks on the door, his hair is windblown with his forehead covered by his hair. Again, the next point of view Olimpia sees through the peephole is him with neatly parted hair and his forehead exposed. See more »
I don't suppose this is the right moment to say it, but, I told you so. Never trust a gypsy.
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As a lifelong Peter Sellers fan, I've seen this movie a few times even though I know the letdown is coming at the end. I'm always lured back by Sellers' performance here, proving once again he was one of the greatest actors in all the world. He plays Juan Bautista, a traveling singing matador who attempts to seduce the local flirt/bitch of Barcelona in exchange for a gig at the local theater. It is one of his most charming, touching, beautifully subtle performances ever, as the film takes you along their unusual courtship until he finally melts her heart and wins her over. At the point, the story takes an unexpected turn that is so shocking and so patently unfunny and so vile, I can't imagine what anyone connected with the film was possibly thinking when they made it. I am no sucker for happy Hollywood endings, but the end to this movie is so out-of-step with what we've just seen in the last ninety minutes that it just spoiled the whole thing for me. I still rate it as the worst movie ending of all time. As far the rest of it, Sellers and then-wife Britt Ekland (who never looked better) have some lovely scenes; their first date at a nightclub that features flamenco dancing really stands out. With a different finale, this could have been a rare gem in the Peter Sellers catalogue. As it is, it's just OK. 2 1/2 ** out of 4
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