The Great Race

I just learned that Peter Falk has died. While most people will remember him for Columbo, I will remember him as the narrator for The Princess Bride and as Max in The Great Race, Blake Edwards’s comedy classic. It’s the film I learned the word emancipated from. (And what was it with 1960s films comically using the early suffrage movement to such perfect effect. Mary Poppins did the same.) At any rate, here’s a clip of the infamous pie fight in The Great Race.

And one of the great scenes of Max and Jack Lemon’s insidious, loathsome, gleeful Professor Fate.

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