Back to IndieWire

Peter Sellers’ ‘Lost’ 1961 Directorial Debut ‘Mr. Topaze’ Was Restored From His Original Prints

Peter Sellers' 'Lost' 1961 Directorial Debut 'Mr. Topaze' Was Restored From His Original Prints

The 1961 film directed and starred by Peter Sellers “Mr. Topaze” was chosen by the British public to be digitized after it was included in an online vote earlier this year. 

The three films under consideration were, “The Assam Garden” (1986), “Bedelia” (1946) and “Mr. Topaze.” With over 2000 votes cast, the Seller classic emerged as the winner.

The film is a witty comedy about a provincial French schoolteacher turned rapacious businessman. This was the actor’s official directorial debut and had him work alongside Billie Whitelaw, Leo McKern, John le Mesurier, Joan Sims and his “Pink Panther” series co-star Herbert Lom.

READ MORE: ‘The Ghost of Peter Sellers’ Recounts a Doomed Production With the Help of Its Original Director

The BFI National Archive has produced a cleaned-up digital version using the only known surviving prints, held in its own collections and some of Sellers’ personal copy on 16mm acquired in 1997. “Mr. Topaze” is now accessible to the public via the Archive’s VOD platform, BFI Player, and is part of the new collection Forgotten Features, which shows a great selection of British films that disappeared from public views. The collection is currently available online. 

The Sellers “lost classic” is free to view starting April 30 until Monday, May 2 and after that will be available on pay per view. Click here to enter the site. 

Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Festivals newsletter here.

Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.

This Article is related to: News and tagged

Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox