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To prove that he still is strong and powerful, Philippe Douvier decides to kill Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Once Clouseau's death has been announced, the former Chief Inspector, Charles Dreyfus, feels much, much better and is released from the mental hospital. Jacques Clouseau tries to take advantage of his "death" and goes under cover with Cato to find out who tried to assassinate him. Written by
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Clouseau himself obviously lights the paper on fire in the Chief's office. Just before being handed the paper, his left hand, which is away from the camera on the other side of his body, appears to dip into his left trouser pocket. Then when he is handed the paper, he has to turn it around so that a particular side is facing him, but he does it awkwardly with only his right hand, with the paper still laying on the table, using two spinning movements with his right hand to turn the paper and keeping his left hand hidden (the natural response is to hold it with both hands while turning it). Keeping the left hand hidden from view is awkward and shows that he is hiding something in it. And since the camera is too far away to show any writing on the paper, the only reason for turning it is because it is likely a piece of paper with one edge containing a flammable material to make it easier to light, and he has to turn it so that his hidden hand holding the lighter can light that edge without being seen. Then when the paper catches on fire (and it does so rapidly, and it spreads very fast, while a normal piece of paper would catch fire much more slowly and not spread so quickly, proving that the one edge of the paper clearly contained a flammable substance - in addition, a piece of paper normally wouldn't burn without holding it vertical so that the flame spreads upwards, but this piece of paper is held horizontal while the flames spread quickly, further proof of a flammable substance being added to the paper's edge), the part of his left arm that is visible clearly moves in a way to reveal that he is lighting the paper, probably with a lighter. Immediately after lighting it, the movement of his left arm betrays him pocketing the lighter. See more »
Peter Sellers returns as Chief Inspector Clouseau in this fifth and final installment of the `Pink Panther' series, in `Revenge Of The Pink Panther,' directed by Blake Edwards. This time around, Clouseau becomes the target of a drug lord, Douvier (Robert Webber), who finds it necessary to prove to colleagues that he is still `strong.' When the assassination attempt is summarily pronounced successful, it affords Clouseau the edge of pursuing the criminals through the use of disguise and the deft application of stealth as only Clouseau could effect. Meanwhile, former Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) is pronounced fit, and returned to his position at the department. And, as would be expected, it all adds up to a bad time for the criminals, as well as the hapless Dreyfus. Edwards does a good job with this film, though it's not on a par with the previous outing, `The Pink Panther Strikes Again,' which was arguably the best (and funniest) of the series. There are scenes involving behind-closed-door meetings of the criminal element that seem to bog things down a bit, but with Sellers on hand they seem almost insignificant, for as soon as Clouseau arrives on the scene they're up and running once again. And Sellers has some classic moments in this one: Trying on new disguises at the establishment of Dr. Auguste Balls (Graham Stark), a veritable haberdashery for undercover surveillance; posing as a rotund `Godfather' and insinuating himself into the mob; and a foray as a peg-legged pirate with an inflatable parrot on his shoulder. The story line in this one may be considered thin-- Edwards gives it just enough to serve as a setting in which to showcase the talents of his star-- but there's nothing wrong with that; it's funny stuff, and watching Sellers work is worth the price of a ticket alone. One of the most memorable moments in the film, however, is courtesy of Herbert Lom, as Dreyfus gives the eulogy for the `late' Chief Inspector Clouseau and can barely contain his mirth, with his tears of joy construed, of course, as grief. And for the first time in the series, Clouseau's faithful manservant, Cato (Burt Kwouk) accompanies the Inspector during his investigation, which adds to the merriment, but is not necessarily a boon to getting the case, as Clouseau would say, `solv-ed.' The supporting cast includes Dyan Cannon (Simone Legree), Robert Loggia (Marchione), Tony Beckley (Algo), Andre Maranne (Francois), Charles Augins (Vic) and Douglas Wilmer (Police Commissioner). With "Revenge Of The Pink Panther,' Edwards delivers an above average comedy that is good for a lot of laughs, and he finishes it off with an extended, slapstick finale that really gives some sock to the overall movie. What will stay with you forever, however, is the image of Clouseau, and recalling his antics will provide you with some chuckles for a long time afterwards. In the end, this film stands a tribute to the great Peter Sellers, as proof positive that NOBODY does it better. I rate this one 8/10.
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