For the Stephen Sondheim Completist: "The Last of Sheila"

For the Stephen Sondheim Completist: "The Last of Sheila"

For the Stephen Sondheim Completist: "The Last of Sheila"

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Nov. 29 2010 3:35 PM

For the Stephen Sondheim Completist: "The Last of Sheila"

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for Stephen Sondheim's new, fabulously subtitled book,

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. For an additional burst of Sondheim creativity, I recommend watching the movie he co-wrote in the early 70s,

, which is currently available for streaming

. It's a stylish, intricate murder mystery about a Hollywood producer played by James Coburn. Coburn's wife—the titular Sheila—is run over by a car in the opening scene. After that initial death, Coburn invites a bunch of California cronies to his yacht in the Mediterranean and makes them play an elaborate game involving an international scavenger hunt at various ports. The men wear tight white sailor trousers, have ridiculous mustaches, and Raquel Welch is at her foxiest. If that brief description and the involvement of the great Sondheim is not enough to convince you to see it, check out the trailer below.