Directed by Peter Sellers | 1961 | 97 minutes | Not Rated | United Kingdom | English
Film Movement Classics presents Mr. Topaze — long considered a “lost” classic, the film was digitally restored from the lone surviving 35mm prints in the BFI National Archive at the request of the British public.
Unwilling to sacrifice his principles, Auguste Topaze (Peter Sellers), a poor but proud French schoolmaster, loses his job after he refuses to alter the failing grades of one of students. Seizing the opportunity to exploit his well-known honesty, actress Suzy Courtois (Nadia Gray) convinces her lover, the corrupt city council member Castel Benac (Herbert Lom), to hire Topaze as a managing director for one of his shady businesses. But when Topaze learns he is being used, he cunningly turns the tables on Benac and makes off with all the money.
Seller’s first and only credited directorial feature, Mr. Topaze displays the British comic genius at the peak of his powers alongside his future Pink Panther nemesis Herbert Lom and a stellar supporting cast that includes Nadia Gray, Leo McKern, Billie Whitelaw and Michael Gough.
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“This melancholy character comedy , rarely seen since its release … is essential viewing for fans of Sellers’ unique genius.” — Gary Tooze, DVD Beaver
“That top-class cast have tons of fun bouncing off each other and there’s a quaint early-60s charm to it all that renders it almost a masterclass in moody melancholia.” — Ralph McLean, The Irish News