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Lady L (1965)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 17 December 1965 (UK)
Lady L is an elegant, elderly lady who recalls the past loves and lusty adventures she has lived through.

Director:

Peter Ustinov

Writers:

Romain Gary (novel), Peter Ustinov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Loren ... Lady Louise Lendale / Lady L
Paul Newman ... Armand Denis
David Niven ... Dicky, Lord Lendale
Marcel Dalio ... Sapper (as Dalio)
Cecil Parker ... Sir Percy
Philippe Noiret ... Ambroise Gérôme
Jacques Dufilho Jacques Dufilho ... Bealu
Eugene Deckers ... Koenigstein
Daniel Emilfork ... Kobeleff
Hella Petri Hella Petri ... Madam
Jean Wiener Jean Wiener ... Krajewski
Roger Trapp Roger Trapp ... L'inspecteur de police Dubaron
Jean Rupert Jean Rupert
Joe Dassin ... Un inspecteur de police
Jacques Legras ... Un inspecteur de police
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Storyline

Today Lady Louise Lendale (Sophia Loren) is eighty-years-old and she tells her long time admirer, British poet Sir Percy (Cecil Parker), all about her eventful life. In the beginning, she was a young laundress working in "Le Mouton Bleu", a renowned Paris whorehouse. There, she met Armand (Paul Newman), both a charming man and a bomb-throwing anarchist, and it wasn't long before she became his mistress. One day, while Armand was away in Switzeland, working for a revolutionary movement aiming to murder a Russian Prince, Louise met the second man in her life, a British Lord she soon called Dicky (David Niven). The latter offered to marry her. In exchange, he would save Armand from the police's grip. She accepted on the condition she could still see Armand. Written by Guy Bellinger

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She's the only lady who ever got a boyfriend for a wedding present See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | France | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Laidi L. See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Writer and Director Sir Peter Ustinov claimed that an earlier attempt to film Romain Gary's best-selling novel had foundered because it presented the story as a romantic melodrama, whereas he saw it as an absurdist comedy. After it had proved to be a box-office failure, he remarked that this movie had a most unusual problem. He'd been given too lavish a budget, rather than too small a one, as on his previous movie, Billy Budd (1962). He had aimed, he said, at "a cross between Rene Clair and Preston Sturges", but this movie was too grandiose to be as funny as he'd intended. See more »

Quotes

Lady Louise Lendale: Come, my dear, the car will be here presently to take us into London. I had tickets for a new play about the gunpowder plot. The critics have hailed as "explosive"!
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with MGM's 1956-57 logo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Natalie Wood (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Etude, Op.25-12
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Composed by Frédéric Chopin
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Sophia makes for a visual feast!
18 April 1999 | by appleitaSee all my reviews

This movie is a "bit of fluff" but a very lovely "bit of fluff". The costumes are wonderful and Sophia Loren makes them look even better. Entertaining story told in vignettes about a pretty racy lady who may, or may not, be even racier than intimated. Also, she has a chauffeur to die for. Yum!!!


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