The Ghost of Peter Sellers

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The Ghost of Peter Sellers

Directed by Peter Medak

  • Cyprus 2018; 93 min
  • Original version: English
  • Genre: Documentary

Synopsis

In 1973 Peter Sellers embarked on a pirate comedy for Columbia Pictures. He lost confidence with the film immediately and tried to sabotage it, firing the producers then turning on his friend the director, Peter Medak. At its core lies the story of an unraveling production but also the tale of a young director firmly on a path to greatness. Medak had made 3 back-to-back successes; most notably The Ruling Class in ‘72 with Peter O' Toole (nominated for the Palme d'Or). This film changed his career forever. After 45 years the wounds have barely healed for Medak and this is his opportunity to tell the story and finally relieve himself of the burden associated with its failure. The Ghost of Peter Sellers is a comic-tragic feature doc about what it takes to be a film director and survive your biggest disaster.

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