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After The Fox (1966) Peter Sellers Victor Mature DVD MP4 USB Drive

After The Fox (1966) Peter Sellers Victor Mature DVD MP4 USB Drive
After The Fox (1966) Peter Sellers Victor Mature DVD MP4 USB Drive
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The Hilarious 1966 Comedy Cult Classic Written By The Great Playwright Neil Simon And The Great Screenwriter Cesare Zavattini, Who Both Lovingly Skewer All That Is Pompous In The Motion Picture Industry - Movie Stars; Starstruck Audiences; Pretentious Film Critics.And The Great Film Directors Such As Cecil B. DeMille, Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni And This Film's Own Director, Vittorio De Sica - Starring Peter Sellers, Victor Mature, Britt Ekland And Akim Tamiroff, With Music By Burt Bacharach And The Title Song By The Hollies With Peter Sellers- All Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (English Language Soundtrack Version, Color, 1 Hr 43 Min.) #AfterTheFox #VittorioDeSica #NeilSimon #CesareZavattini #PeterSellers #VictorMature #BrittEkland #AkimTamiroff #BurtBacharach #Hollies #TheHollies #Movies #Films #Comedies #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBDrive

Director:
Vittorio De Sica

Writing:
Neil Simon (Play and Screenplay), Cesare Zavattini (Screenplay)

Cast:
Peter Sellers ... Aldo Vanucci
Victor Mature ... Tony Powell
Britt Ekland ... Gina Romantica
Martin Balsam ... Harry Granoff
Akim Tamiroff ... Okra
Paolo Stoppa ... Polio
Tino Buazzelli ... Siepi
Mac Ronay ... Carlo
Lydia Brazzi ... Mamma Vanucci
Lando Buzzanca ... Police Chief
Maria Grazia Buccella ... Bikini Girl
Maurice Denham ... Chief of Interpol
Tiberio Murgia ... 1st Detective
Francesco De Leone ... 2nd Detective
Carlo Croccolo ... Cafe Owner
Nino Musco ... Mayor
Pier Luigi Pizzi ... Doctor
Lino Mattera ... Singer
Piero Gerlini ... 1st Jailer
Daniele Vargas ... Prosecuting Counsel
Franco Sportelli ... Judge
Giustino Durano ... Critic
Mimmo Poli ... Fat Actor
Enzo Fiermonte ... Raymond
Roberto De Simone ... Marcel Vignon (as Roberto De Simoni)
Angelo Spaggiari ... Felix Kessler
Mario Del Vago ... Manuel Ortega
Timothy Bateson ... Michael O'Reilly (uncredited)
Vittorio De Sica ... Himself (uncredited)
Carlo Delle Piane ... (uncredited)
Daniela Igliozzi ... (uncredited)
David Lodge ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Enrico Luzi ... Movie Director on Via Veneto (uncredited)
Carlo Pisacane ... 2nd Judge (uncredited)
Marcella Rovena ... Salvatore's Wife (uncredited)
Lizabeth Scott ... Actress in Tony Powell Movie (archive footage) (uncredited)
Nino Vingelli ... 3rd Judge (uncredited)


After the Fox (Italian: Caccia Alla Volpe) is a 1966 Italian-American heist comedy film directed by Vittorio De Sica and starring Peter Sellers, Victor Mature and Britt Ekland. The English-language screenplay is by Neil Simon and De Sica's longtime collaborator Cesare Zavattini. Despite its notable credits, the film was poorly received when it was released. It has gained a cult following for its numerous in-jokes about the movie industry. This was Neil Simon's first screenplay; at that time, he had three hit shows running on Broadway - Little Me, Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple. Simon said he originally wanted to write a spoof of art house films such as Last Year at Marienbad and the Michelangelo Antonioni films but the story evolved into the idea of a film-within-a-film. Aldo Vanucci brings to mind the fast-talking cons of Phil Silvers and the brilliant dialects of Sid Caesar. This is probably no coincidence since Simon wrote for both on television. In his 1996 memoir Rewrites, Simon recalled that an agent suggested Peter Sellers for the lead, while Simon preferred casting "an authentic Italian", such as Marcello Mastroianni or Vittorio Gassman. Sellers loved the script and asked Vittorio De Sica to direct. De Sica's interest in the project surprised Simon, who at first dismissed it as a way for the director to support his gambling habit. De Sica said he saw a social statement to be made, namely how the pursuit of money corrupts even the arts. Simon believed De Sica also relished the opportunity to take potshots at the Italian film industry. De Sica insisted that Simon collaborate with Cesare Zavattini. Since neither spoke the other's language, the two writers worked through interpreters. Simon wrote, "He had very clear, concise, and intelligent comments that I could readily understand and agree with". Still, Simon worried that inserting social statements into what he considered a broad farce would not do justice to either. Yet, After The Fox does touch on themes found in De Sica's earlier work, namely disillusion and dignity. Sellers told the press his main reason for doing the film was the chance to work with De Sica. After the Fox was the first film produced by Sellers' new Brookfield production company, which he formed in partnership with John Bryan, a former production designer. It was also their last production, as Sellers and Bryan had a rift over De Sica. Sellers complained the director "thinks in Italian; I think in English" and wanted De Sica replaced; Bryan resisted for financial and artistic reasons. De Sica grew impatient with his petulant star; indeed, he cared for neither Sellers' performance nor Simon's screenplay. Victor Mature, who had retired from films five years earlier, was lured back to the screen by the prospect of parodying himself as Tony Powell. Mature was always a self-effacing star who had no illusions about his work. At the height of his fame, he applied for membership in the Los Angeles Country Club but was told the club did not accept actors. He replied, "I'm not an actor, and I've got 64 films to prove it!" A clip from Mature's 1949 film Easy Living (in which he plays an aging football star) appears in the film. He agreed to make After The Fox after a personal call from Sellers. Mature also revealed that he based Tony Powell partially on De Sica, "Plus a lot of egotism, and DeMille, too - that bit with the fellow following him around with the chair all the time." Mature told the Chicago Tribune, "I not only enjoyed doing the film, but it gave me the urge to get back into pictures. They were an exciting group of people to work with." According to Neil Simon, Sellers demanded that his wife, Britt Ekland, be cast as Gina, the Fox's sister. Ekland's looks and accent were wrong for the role, but to keep Sellers happy De Sica acquiesced. Still, Simon recalled, Ekland worked hard on the film. Sellers and Ekland made one other film together, The Bobo (1967). Akim Tamiroff appears as Okra, the mastermind of the heist in Cairo. Tamiroff had been working on and off for Orson Welles playing Sancho Panza in Don Quixote, a film Welles never finished. Martin Balsam plays Tony's dyspeptic agent, Harry. Maria Grazia Buccella appears as Okra's voluptuous accomplice. Buccella was a former Miss Italy (1959) and placed third in the Miss Europe pageant. She had been considered for the role of Domino in Thunderball. Lydia Brazzi, the wife of actor Rossano Brazzi, was hand-picked by De Sica for the role of the Fox's mother, despite her protests that she was not an actress. Lando Buzzanca appears as the chief of police in Sevalio. Simon recalled the Italian supporting cast learned their English lines phonetically. The film's budget was 3M USD, which included the construction of a replica of Rome's most famous street, the Via Veneto, on the Cinecitta lot, and location filming in the village of Sant' Angelo on Ischia in the Bay of Naples. The Sevalio sequences were shot during the height of the tourist season. Reportedly the villagers of Sant' Angelo were so busy accommodating tourists they had no time to appear in the film; extras were brought in from a neighboring village. Simon lamented that De Sica insisted on using his own film editors - two individuals who did not speak English and thus did not understand the jokes. The film was later re-cut in Rome by one of John Huston's favorite film editors, Russell Lloyd, but Simon believes more funny bits "are lying in a cutting room in Italy" (apparently there was a deleted scene where Vanucci impersonated one of the Beatles). The voices and accents of the Italian comic actors were dubbed in London, mainly by Robert Rieti and edited in Rome by Malcolm Cooke, who had been a post-sync dialogue editor on Lawrence of Arabia. Simon summed up his opinion of the film: "to give the picture its due, it was funny in spots, innovative in its plot, and was well-intentioned. But a hit picture? Uh-uh ... Still today, After the Fox remains a cult favorite." Burt Bacharach composed the score and with lyricist Hal David wrote the title song for the film. For the Italian release, the score was composed by Piero Piccioni. The title song "After the Fox" was recorded by The Hollies with Sellers in August 1966 and released by United Artists as a single (b/w "The Fox-Trot"). After the Fox was released in Great Britain, Italy and the United States in December 1966. As part of a publicity barrage, United Artists announced that it had signed Federico Fabrizi to direct three films. The story was to be planted in the trade papers and then appear in general newspapers, with Sellers available for telephone interviews in character as Fabrizi. The editors of Daily Variety recognized the fictional name immediately, however, and spoiled the gag. The film received mixed reviews. The New York Times critic Bosley Crowther summed up his review, "It's pretty much of a mess, this picture. Yes, you'd think it was done by amateurs". The Variety reviewer thought "Peter Sellers is in nimble, lively form in this whacky comedy which, though sometimes strained, has a good comic idea and gives the star plenty of scope for his usual range of impersonations". The Boston Globe termed the film "funny, fast and wholly ridiculous", and thought Sellers' portrayal of Fabrizi "hilarious." Billboard called the film "a series of fun-filled satires...guaranteed for laughs", and thought Sellers was "at his droll best" and Mature "hilarious." Monthly Film Bulletin, however, wrote, "Continuing the De Sica's decline of recent years, this witless comedy of incompetent crooks and excitable Italians never even begins to get off the ground", and called Seller's performance "self-indulgent", but singled out Mature as "amusing and touching." The film has some kinship with What's New Pussycat?, which was released the previous year and also starred Sellers. That film was the first written by Woody Allen who, like Neil Simon, had been a staff writer for Sid Caesar. Even the advertising tagline on the posters and trailer for After The Fox proclaimed, "You Caught The Pussycat ... Now Chase The Fox!". The poster art for both films was illustrated by Frank Frazetta. The device in which robbers use a movie set to cover a robbery is also in Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run (1969). In the television series Batman, it is used in the 1968 episode titled "The Great Train Robbery". The scene in the film where Aldo speaks to Okra through the beautiful Maria Grazia Buccella inspired a similar scene in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), in which Austin Powers talks to Foxxy Cleopatra through the Nathan Lane character. The 2010 Bollywood film Tees Maar Khan is an official remake of After the Fox.