MR. TOPAZE
1961, Film Movement, 97 min, UK, Dir: Peter Sellers

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 his deceivers and makes off with all of 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 Leo McKern, Billie Whitelaw and Michael Gough. Believed to be “lost” for years, MR. TOPAZE was digitally restored from the lone surviving 35mm print in the BFI archives at the request of the British public.


VALLEY OF THE EAGLES
1951, 82 min, Dir: Terence Young

Over 10 years before he helmed the early installments of the James Bond series (DR. NO, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, THUNDERBALL), director Terence Young crafted this thrilling chase across the frozen Swedish countryside. When Norwegian scientist Dr. Nils Ahlen (John McCallum) discovers that his wife (Mary Laura Wood) has run off with his laboratory assistant (Anthony Dawson) and has stolen his precious invention that produces energy from sound waves, he enlists the help of veteran police inspector Peterson (Jack Warner) to track them down. With Peterson and Ahlen on their tail, the lovers head into the frigid Lapland, where they hope to escape into the Soviet Union. Neither side, however, is prepared for the natural dangers that await them.


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