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This film is not rated very highly, but the reviews here are mostly positive. Perhaps that is due to the enjoyment people receive seeing older films with actors they enjoy.
Sophia Loren plays Lady Lendale, an octogenarian recounting some memories from her wacky past. She had been married to Lord Lendale (David Niven) until his death in 1924. Before that she was involved with Armand Denis (Paul Newman), an anarchist whose only goal in life was to destroy things owned by those with money or position.
The portion of the film that starts with the meeting of Lord and Lady L is enjoyable. Niven plays a unique character. He seeks love, and desires a woman who is not the usual society bore. Loren, as she opens to his strange concept of love, is an interesting foil to his intelligent perspective. Their relationship is the highlight of the film.
Newman is out of place here, filling a silly role. After Lord L leaves the story, things devolve into a pointless collection of sight gags, on par with "The Apple Dumpling Gang".
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