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Paul Iacovou – The Ghost of Peter Sellers #Venezia75

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The cure for guilt.

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11 min. and 22 sec.

PODCAST| Nicolò Comotti interviews Paul Iacovou, producer of the film The Ghost of Peter Sellers.

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Paul Iacovou joins us at our studio booth in Venice to discuss his latest production: The Ghost of Peter SellersThe Ghost of Peter Sellers unearths the traumatic experience that esteemed director Peter Medak had whilst attempting to shoot the 1973 comedy Ghost on the Noonday Sun. The trauma had a face, a voice and a one-of-a-kind charisma: Peter Sellers.

The Ghost of Peter Sellers: In 1973 Peter Sellers embarked on a pirate comedy for Columbia Pictures. He lost confidence with the film immediately and tried to sabotage it, firing the producers then turning on his friend the director, Peter Medak. At its core lies the story of an unraveling production but also the tale of a young director firmly on a path to greatness. Medak had made 3 back-to-back successes; most notably The Ruling Class in ‘72 with Peter O’ Toole (nominated for the Palme d’Or). This film changed his career forever. After 45 years the wounds have barely healed for Medak and this is his opportunity to tell the story and finally relieve himself of the burden associated with its failure. The Ghost of Peter Sellers is a comic-tragic feature doc about what it takes to be a film director and survive your biggest disaster.

To know more about the film, click here.

  • Reporter
    Nicolò Comotti
  • Guest
    Paul Iacovou
  • Interviewee role
    Producer
  • Film title
    The Ghost of Peter Sellers
  • Festival section
    Giornate degli Autori
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