Cinema: Quick Cuts

THE OPTIMISTS. Peter Sellers, with a wad of putty on his nose that makes him look like Cyrano with a bob, must prove to a couple of downcast London slum kids that life can be, if not exactly beautiful, at least a little magical. He and his little dog Bella take the kids out busking—singing and dancing and begging on street corners and for theater lines. This sort of activity has a certain ragtag vitality, and compares favorably with the glum life the kids lead at home. They are charmed, a condition that...

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