Swooning over the set-design of Blake Edwards' "The Party"

A few years ago I was introduced to the Blake Edwards movie “The Party,” starring Peter Sellers. The movie is set in a 1960s party house with a sunken conversation pit, a mechanized bar, a giant birdcage, indoor waterways and an indoor/outdoor pool area.  

The premise is that a bumbling Indian actor (Sellers) makes a huge mistake during the filming of a costume epic. When the 'Fire this guy' list gets confused with the studio head's guest list for a party, he appears there and everyone assumes he must belong.  What follows is vintage Sellers physical comedy, but in my opinion the interior design of the house steals the show -- I’ve always loved the architecture and interior design of the 1960s and the set is amazing {as are the costumes -- I just love the style from that era!}

The first video is a compilation of some of the funniest moments in the movie -- it is a little on the long side, but I highly recommend you give it a go -- you get a full tour of the house and a lot of laughs!

The next video is one of the most famous scenes in the movie -- the "Birdy Num Num" scene ::

Here are some stills that really show you how incredible the house is -- sorry some of them are a little blurry!

{All images are from MGM's "The Party."}


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