Here I would like to introduce five English comedy movies that I find truly amazing... I have tried not to include the ones that are frequently watched... So here you can find an assortment of comedies belonging to different sub genres- a heist movie, a buddy comedy, a biopic, a war movie and a mockumentary...
The Pink Panther:
No, not the Steve Martin slapstick one... this is the original, 1963 movie starring Peter Sellers as Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Actually this movie was centered on another character, Phantom or Sir Charles Lytton played by David Niven. But after the release, Seller's character became so popular for his antics that the rest of the franchise was made centered on Inspector Clouseau. If you love the recent additions starring Steve Martin or even other Sellers movies, most probably you will be slightly put off by this one. The comedy is very subtle and sophisticated here. But I find it more adorable.
Phantom, a master thief is out to steal a precious diamond, Pink Panther, belonging to the Indian Princess Dala. Inspector knows phantom will target the diamond and arrives at the same hotel where the princess holidays along with his wife. A social playboy Charles Lytton, actually Phantom himself, is trying to flirt with Dala. He also has an affair with Inspector's wife. Lytton's playboy nephew, George also enters the scene, with similar plans and falls for Madame Clouseau. What follows is an outrageous cat and mouse chase, and finally the clueless Inspector gets framed for robbery.
No youtube video available for this movie.. too bad, but you can watch the trailer here. (Watch for the bed room scenes... pure comedy.)
[Having made her tipsy with champagne, Sir Charles Lytton kisses Princess Dala]
Princess Dala: If I were my father, I'd have you tortured.
Sir Charles Lytton: No. If you were your father, I doubt very much if I would have kissed you.
Police escort: Tell me, inspector - Signor Phantom - all those robberies. How did you ever manage it?
Inspector Jacques Clouseau: Well, you know... it wasn't easy.
Be Kind Rewind:
Jack Black and Mos Def swedes, (a name they have kept for remaking popular movies into small versions of self made videos) block busters like Ghostbusters, Lion King, MIB, when Jack Black enters the video shop magnetized after a freak accident and erases all tapes. Customers loves the movies and they become local celebrities. In order to save the video shop, they have to shoot a final original movie about a jazz singer who is believed to have born there.
The sweding scenes are hilarious. You cannot stop laughing. The climax is emotional and really makes you a bit sad.
Mike: [to Jerry as they begin to remake Ghost Busters] I'm Bill Murray, you're everybody else.
Jerry: [Alma is providing the voices for "The Lion King"] Listen to me. I need to you say the line. I need you to say "I will piss on the bones of your ancestors"...
Mike: No, no! That's not in the movie!
Jerry: [interrupts] This is the next Lion King. This is Part II.
Alma: Roar! I will piss on the bones of your ancestors!
Coming from the unfailing team of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp this had to be special. And it is! This is a biopic of legendary director Ed Wood, who has the distinction of bearing to his credit, some of the worst movies ever made. What makes this movie special is the convincing portrayal of Ed Wood by Johnny Depp. Armed with a never say die attitude and women's inner wear Ed Wood went on making movies after movies, believing in the "good" work he is doing. The conviction he has and the ways he find out to raise money for movies is unbelievable.
Edward D. Wood, Jr.: Boy, Mr. Lugosi, you must lead such an exciting life! When is your next picture coming out?
Bela Lugosi: I have no next picture.
Edward D. Wood, Jr.: You gotta be joking, a great star like you? You must have dozens of them lined up!
Bela Lugosi: Back in the old days, yes... Now, no one gives two fucks for Bela.
Edward D. Wood, Jr.: But you're a big star!
Bela Lugosi: No more. I haven't worked in four years. This business, this town, it chews you up, then spits you out.
Bela Lugosi: I'm just an ex-boogeyman.
Edward D. Wood, Jr.: I like to dress in women's clothing.
Georgie Weiss: You're a fruit?
Edward D. Wood, Jr.: No, not at all. I love women. Wearing their clothes makes me feel closer to them.
Georgie Weiss: You're not a fruit?
Edward D. Wood, Jr.: No, I'm all man. I even fought in W.W.2. Of course, I was wearing women's undergarments under my uniform.
Edward D. Wood, Jr.: And cut! Print. We're moving on. That was perfect.
Ed Reynolds: Perfect? Mr. Wood, do you know anything about the art of film production?
Edward D. Wood, Jr.: Well, I like to think so.
Ed Reynolds: That cardboard headstone tipped over. This graveyard is obviously phony.
Edward D. Wood, Jr.: Nobody will ever notice that. Filmmaking is not about the tiny details. It's about the big picture.
Ed Reynolds: The big picture?
Edward D. Wood, Jr.: Yes.
Ed Reynolds: Then how 'bout when the policemen arrived in daylight, but now it's suddenly night?
Edward D. Wood, Jr.: What do you know? Haven't you heard of suspension of disbelief?
Edward D. Wood, Jr.: [on phone with Mr. Feldman] Really? Worst film you ever saw. Well, my next one will be better. Hello. Hello.
Sorry if the quote section turned too long... movie has some really awesome moments...
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Peter Sellers again, in three roles. That guy was a genius... Directed by Stanley Kubrick, this black comedy tells an imaginary situation that happens while cold war. A US general goes nut, imagining Russians are contaminating Americans through water, and orders a nuclear strike on Russia, which can be stopped only by coding a password known only to him. He commits suicide. Now Russians had already built a doomsday machine, which will annihilate the whole world if ever anyone strikes them first... Now it is on the shoulders of President, the responsibility to save the world, by informing Russian premier, of the unpleasant situation..
President Merkin Muffley: Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room.
[after learning of the Doomsday Machine]
President Merkin Muffley: But this is absolute madness, Ambassador! Why should you *build* such a thing?
Ambassador de Sadesky: There were those of us who fought against it, but in the end we could not keep up with the expense involved in the arms race, the space race, and the peace race. At the same time our people grumbled for more nylons and washing machines. Our doomsday scheme cost us just a small fraction of what we had been spending on defense in a single year. The deciding factor was when we learned that your country was working along similar lines, and we were afraid of a doomsday gap.
President Merkin Muffley: This is preposterous. I've never approved of anything like that.
Ambassador de Sadesky: Our source was the New York Times.
General "Buck" Turgidson: Gee, I wish we had one of them doomsday machines.
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Borat is a Khazak journalist on a trip to USA to learn about their culture and thereby benefit his nation. Disguised comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, roams around the States, making pranks on unsuspecting people, famous and not. This movie is an insight into the cultural trends of the modern world. A must watch...
Borat: Although Kazakhstan a glorious country, it have a problem, too: economic, social, and Jew.
Borat: What kind of dog is this?
Zookeeper: It's a tortoise.
Borat: Is it a cat in a hat?
Zookeeper: No... it's a tortoise in a shell.
Borat: This is my country of Kazakhstan. It locate between Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan, and assholes Uzbekistan.
Wish you all a happy viewing :-)