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Unwilling to sacrifice his principles, Albert 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. Long considered a “lost” classic, Mr. Topaze was digitally restored at the request of the British public from the last known surviving 35mm prints held in the BFI National Archive.
It’s the early days of a comedic treasure as we see the early glimpses of a madcap genius in Mr. Topaze and thanks to our friends at Film Movement we have some copies on Blu-Ray to give to you. Your chance to win simply couldn’t be easier.
E-mail us at [email protected] with your full name, mailing address, Mr. Topaze in the subject header and the answer to the following question. Peter Sellers is in this film with another iconic comedic actor; Herbert Lom, what iconic comedy film series did BOTH men appear in?
The contest is open to all residents of Canada, one entry per household please. It will run until Friday December 4th at 11:59PM. All winners will be informed after the contest has closed.