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THE LAST OF SHEILA (1973)

Among their friends, musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim and actor Anthony Perkins were famous for the elaborate games and scavenger hunts they staged around New York City. One player, Herbert Ross, was so impressed he suggested they write a movie together—and he ended up directing and producing what would be their only screenplay. In The Last of Sheila, a film producer (James Coburn) invites an all-star cast—including James Mason, Richard Benjamin, Dyan Cannon, and Raquel Welch—for a weeklong game while cruising the French Riviera. The festivities are in honor of his late wife, gossip columnist Sheila, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident a year earlier. Before long, the guests begin to suspect the object of the game is to unmask one of them as her killer. The production was as bedeviled as the characters in the film. The filmmakers had to deal with terrible weather, terrorist threats, and personality clashes, but the result is both a fiendishly clever murder mystery and a hilarious send-up of Hollywood. (d. Herbert Ross, 120m, Digital)