Peter Sellers: Does That Include Television?
"I will now whistle the soliloquy from Hamlet." Something of a wistful project in that this was the final curated retrospective presented at the MT&R before it changed its name to the Paley Center and ceased presenting original series all together. I worked closely with the BFI archives in tracking down what remained of Seller's 1950s television appearances with the Goons, most of which were "missing, believed wiped." Another highlight would be Rod Serling's A Carol for Another Christmas (1964), in which Sellers plays a megalomaniacal leader of a post-apocalyptic world: it makes for a nice bridge between his Quilty in Lolita (1962) and his multiple performances in Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). The exhibition title comes from The Party (1968): it's what Sellers's Hrundi V. Bakshi guilelessly asks after he's told that he'll never work in Hollywood again.