Where Is Parsifal?

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Where is Parsifal?
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Directed by Henri Helman
Written by Berta Domínguez D.
Starring Tony Curtis
Donald Pleasence
Erik Estrada
Orson Welles
Music by Yvan Jullien (as Ivan Jullien)
Hubert Rostaing
Cinematography Norman G. Langley
Edited by Peter Hollywood
Russell Lloyd
Release date
13 April 1983
Country United Kingdom
Language English, French

Where Is Parsifal? is a 1983 British comedy film directed by Henri Helman. It was released in France on 13 April 1983. The cast includes Tony Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Erik Estrada, and Orson Welles. Terence Young has an executive producer credit. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

This was Peter Lawford's final film role before his death the following year.


Parsifal Katzenellenbogen (Tony Curtis) is an eccentric hypochondriac who has invented a laser skywriter. Parsifal invites businessmen to his castle in the hopes of selling his invention. Potential buyers include gangster Henry Board II (Erik Estrada) accompanied by has-been movie star Montague Chippendale (Peter Lawford), Scotsman Mackintosh (Donald Pleasence), and gypsy Klingsor (Orson Welles).



This is often incorrectly considered to be a lost film, since it has never been commercially available in the UK or USA—in fact, it is on the British Film Institute's 75 Most Wanted list of lost films, though its status was updated to "found" after director Helman donated his personal print to the BFI[2]—but the film was released on home video in (at least) Italy, The Netherlands and in Australia (by Seven Keys Video) during the 1980s. The misinformation about the film being lost is due to the fact that although it was screened at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, it was withdrawn prior to its official release date in the UK. In May 2013, the film appeared on Netflix streaming.


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Where Is Parsifal?". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  2. ^ "BFI Most Wanted". BFI. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 

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