Skip to comments.‘Pink Panther’ director Blake Edwards: 1922-2010
Posted on 12/16/2010 10:12:55 AM PST by Borges
Blake Edwards, comedy director, Julie Andrews husband and Peter Sellers star-maker, has died at the age of 88.
He directed The Pink Panther, the original, not the Roberto Benigni/Steve Martin versions, and A Shot in the Dark and 10″ and SOB, a pretty entertaining send-up of over-the-hill Hollywood.
He also did Breakfast at Tiffanys, Days of Wine and Roses, Wild Rovers, The Party.
The one that made perhaps the biggest splash was his gender-bending (and still old fashioned) farce Victor/Victoria.
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He was a genius...
His early career was great.
What a resume, funny man, great director.
Poor Julie must be heartbroken. I understand they really loved each other.
RIP Mr. Edwards.
RIP Blake, you made the world smile.
Skin Deep was an underappreciated masterpiece. For lovers of alcoholic cinema, I highly recommend it. R.I.P., Blake.
My dad really enjoyed the Pink Panther movies.
RIP, Blake Edwards.
and he showed us Julie Andrews t*ts..
thank you Blake Edwards!!!
One of the more "real" hollywood couples, from what I've read.
What a great talent he was. He created some truly iconic contributions to popular culture.
Another really great Blake Edwards movie (a rare serious one for this director) is EXPERIMENT IN TERROR with Glenn Ford, Lee Remick and Ross Martin.
My favorite of his was SOB. Brilliantly bitter movie.
Most movies being made today will never stand the test of time.
Most of them are a complete waste of time and money.
The actors of today cannot hold a candle to those of the Golden Age of Cinema.
Neither can the directors and writers.
The state of Hollywood and the cinema in general is in a period of decline and it is getting worse, not better.
When Hollywood loses its imagination, concentrates on remakes and sequels, it is very telling indeed.
I will not weep when Hollywood dies.
Blake Edwards made a huge contribution to comedy and Pink Panther was my all time favorite (that’s where I got my screen name).
- Proffesor Balls
Most movies made back then haven’t stood the test of time either. We only remember the peaks.
Wife made me watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s a few months ago.
I actually enjoyed it.
Horrible news. I feel really bad for Julie Andrews as she goes through this tragedy. They both seem like wonderful folks.
I will. I believe Hollywood still makes wonderful movies, tv shows etc. The difference is back in the 60’s and 70’s they didn’t put out as many movies and definitely not as many TV shows. I hope I am dead when Hollywood goes away.
I respectfully disagree.
Even the mediocre movies made during the Golden Age of Cinema were far better than most movies made today.
I would say that only about 25 - 30% of movies made during the Golden Age of Cinema culminating in the year 1939 were awful whereas about 95% of all movies made today are junk or worse than junk.
Victor/Victoria was my favorite.
RIP Mr. Edwards.
It’s easy to make an audience cry. It takes genius to make them laugh. My prayers for Blake Edwards’ family.
I dunno, I just watched “Captain Scarface”, probably from the 40s - truly bad.
Okay, that’s just one example...and I got a glimpse of my old house when they showed the Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal.
SOB was brilliant and hilarious.
Let’s also remember that he created Peter Gunn.
SOB is a classic. I used to work for a movie company - the higher ups foamed at the mouth at the mention of it.
“The King’s Speech” looks interesting. I’ve seen the trailers and it looks excellent. Don’t know if there are any subliminal political undertones though.
Clouseau: Does your dog bite?
Hotel Clerk: No.
Clouseau: [bowing down to pet the dog] Nice doggie.
[Dog barks and bites Clouseau in the hand]
Clouseau: I thought you said your dog did not bite!
Hotel Clerk: That is not my dog.
I loved his movies, growing up my brother and I went at least twice a week and some of Blake Edwards’ films have some of my fondest memories.
The first two Pink Panther movies, “A Shot in the Dark” and “The Pink Panther”, were the funniest. Never tire of watching them even today.
God Speed Mr. Edwards and thanks for the Great Entertainment.
Hollywood churned out dozens of dreadful B movies back then. Most of them are completely forgotten.
Edwards was a truly talented director whose work has endured. He had an expansive understanding of human nature, and could coax even from great actors some of their best performances. RIP.
I have been gathering more interest in this movie too. I don’t know if it will have political undertones but at least it is England.
Very funny...when duty calls you got Balls!!!
May God comfort Mr. Edward’s loved ones, and may he rest in peace.
Clouseau: Do you have a rheum?
Clerk: A what?
Clouseau consults English to German dictionary: A zimmer?
Clerk: Oh! You want a rheum?
One of my favourite bits from a PP movie.
What an incredible body of cinematic work.
Prayers for Mr. Edwards and Ms. Andrews.
The clowns that ran our circus were all from NY, and evidently, Edwards hit them close to home.
Ya’ll are forgetting ‘Experiment in Terror’. That one was a good marrow-freezer.
Yup, another series that wears well over time, especially the Mancini jazz, which I could listen to all day....
The one with the "glow in the dark" scene?
Yep, that’s the one. I saw it just the other day...and laughed my head off.
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