A man whose wife entertains eccentric individuals, has no other choice to avoid ruin than to sell a patent on laser beams he invented...A man whose wife entertains eccentric individuals, has no other choice to avoid ruin than to sell a patent on laser beams he invented...A man whose wife entertains eccentric individuals, has no other choice to avoid ruin than to sell a patent on laser beams he invented...
odd, fun, madcap real-life (?) story
If you liked Skidoo, or The President's Analyst, you're going to LOVE Parsifal. It's a zany collection of actors, doing zany, wacky things for an hour and 22 minutes! Erik Estrada, Peter Lawford, a 69 year old Orson Welles, Don Pleasance, and of course Tony Curtis, as Parsifal. He is a madcap inventor, trying to sell one of his inventions to pay off his debts. He keeps getting calls from everyone about his overdue debts, while his wife (Berta Dominguez, who also wrote the screenplay for this thing) is sleeping with everyone she can lay her hands on (hah!). The butler and the maid are just atrocious, but no-one seems to notice. They change the butler's name so it's not so German, but he keeps clicking his heels anyway, which seems to be a WWII reference to the Nazi's. Its a fun, wacky, silly, ALMOST pointless story, but there actually is a barebones outline of a story here. Christopher Lloyd must have watched this before he made "Back to the Future".... his mannerisms are JUST like Parsifal, when he goes crashing from room to room, lurching back and forth, yelling, mumbling at the same time. Arthur Beatty is a tall, black man "Jasper", who keeps appearing and spouting words of wisdom, in the true spirit of the 1960s. Interesting photo of the cast of this film on Beatty's facebook page, as of today. After watching this, I'm not really sure who everyone is, and their place in the story, but its on netflix, so I may watch it again. There IS nudity and cussing, so put the kids to bed! Directed by Henri Helman, who directed a whole lot of things en français, so I'm guessing he is French. If you like offbeat, alternative films that don't really make sense and were probably improvised on the spot, you will like this one.
- Mar 5, 2014
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