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THE GHOST OF PETER SELLERS
2020, 93 min, Cyprus, Dir: Peter Medak

In September of 1973, Peter Sellers embarked on the production of a 17th Century pirate comedy in Cyprus for Columbia Pictures (GHOST IN THE NOONDAY SUN). Sellers lost confidence with the film as soon as it began and desperately tried to sabotage it, firing the producers in the first week and then setting his sights on his friend, director Peter Medak. At the core of this documentary is an unraveling production but also a young filmmaker firmly on a path to greatness; Medak had made three back-to-back successes, most notably THE RULING CLASS in 1972 with Peter O’Toole (nominated for the Palme d'Or). But GHOST changed his career forever. After 43 years the wounds have barely healed for Medak, and this opportunity to exorcise its failure is a comic-tragic tale about what it takes to be a film director and survive your biggest disaster. "I thought I had suffered." - Terry Gilliam.


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