Blake Edwards

Best known – in some circles infamous – for his series of Pink Panther comedies, Blake Edwards’ roller-coaster career included plenty of lows but one or two notable highs. Before succumbing to the lure of slapstick, his early catalogue included such diverse titles as Days Of Wine And Roses – an almost documentary look at alcoholism – and ice-cold stalker flick Experiment In Terror with Lee Remick quivering delectably as the victim of a wheezing psychopath (both 1962). The charming and whimsical Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) promoted Audrey Hepburn to celluloid immortality. Among such notorious turkeys as The Tamarind Seed (1984) and S.O.B. (1981), Edwards found time in his later career to make Victor/Victoria (1982,) the tale of an unemployed opera singer (Julie Andrews) starving on the streets of 1930’s Paris, who becomes an overnight sensation when she crops her hair, drops her voice and passes herself off as a fey English drag artist. In the eyes of some the epitome of the Hollywood sell-out, at his best Edwards was a sublime technician.

Prize Porker: Victor/Victoria (1982) An eminently civilized comedy of sexual manners with the wonderful James Garner as the guy who can’t help but fancy the guy pretending to be a girl who actually is a girl.

Runt of the Litter: S.O.B. (1981) Julie Andrews bares her breasts … that’s about it.

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