Directed by: James Ivory
Starring: James Coco, Raquel Welch, Perry King
Apparently this film is loosely based on “the Fatty Arbuckle scandal”, which was a real event. Since I am not up on my 1920’s Hollywood gossip, I did not know such a thing existed. I mean, how was I supposed to know that Caligula was actually about something that happened in the 20’s? Wait, I mean, The Wild Party. That’s right, I got confused. Hundreds of naked people look the same, no matter what time period it’s supposed to take place in.
James Coco plays an aging silent film comedian who’s career has been in a downward spiral ever since sound films came out. He’s made one last film, and he’s throwing a hell of a party to celebrate it. The party is… well, “wild” is certainly a good word for it. Everyone’s doing every drug and having sex with everybody else, and Coco manages to accidentally kill his mistress and her boyfriend, AND get caught making sexual advances to a minor.
For me, a wild party involves Groucho glasses and a “host your own mystery” board game, so there wasn’t really a lot of common ground I could find with this film. Beside that, it’s just put together really weirdly. They’re constantly switching between mania and depression, and they do it so often and so quickly that by the halfway point of the film, no scene has any emotional charge to it one way or another anymore, it just feels like watching a big beige blob of a film of horrible things happening in front of you.