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Lady Caroline Lamb (1972)

PG  |   |  Drama, History, Romance  |  22 December 1972 (Ireland)
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A noblewoman doomed to a loveless marriage falls into a scandalous affair with the dashing Lord Byron.

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A noblewoman doomed to a loveless marriage falls into a scandalous affair with the dashing Lord Byron.

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England expected an affaire. Caroline gave them history.

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Star Billing: Sarah Miles (1st), Jon Finch (2nd), Richard Chamberlain (3rd), John Mills (4th) and Margaret Leighton (5th). See more »

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Buckham: [Caroline and Buckham have been watching Byron bare-knuckle boxing] Haven't seen you about, milord.
Lord Byron: No sir, haven't been about.
Lady Caroline Lamb: Where *have* you been?
Lord Byron: I've been in Turkey.
Lady Caroline Lamb: Turkey? Was Turkey interesting?
Lord Byron: Yes ma'am, very.
Buckham: Was that where you learned to fight like a *savage*?
Lord Byron: No sir, I learned that at Harrow.
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Referenced in The Films of Robert Bolt (1972) See more »

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Really rather splendid
15 January 2015 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Robert Bolt won two Oscars back to back, (for "Doctor Zhivago" and "A Man for All Seasons"), as well as penning that most literate of epics "Lawrence of Arabia". Indeed for a time he seemed to be David Lean's writer of choice until his script for Lean's elephantine "Ryan's Daughter" and that films critical failure, severed those ties. In 1972 Bolt not only wrote, but also directed, "Lady Caroline Lamb". It wasn't really a success and, as may be expected, is a very literate-minded costumer but also, as may be expected, is highly intelligent and very nicely played.

It is, of course, an account, for the most part, of the title character's scandalous and disastrous affair with the mad, bad and dangerous to know Lord Byron, seen here as some kind of 19th century rock star. As Lady Caroline, Sarah Miles is quite splendid, (she was, of course, Mrs Bolt), I've always felt Miles was a much better actress than she was ever given credit for, though her tremulous style wasn't to everyone's taste. As Byron, a somewhat surprising Richard Chamberlain acquits himself somewhat surprisingly well, while Jon Finch is more than adequate as Lady Caroline's husband. The supporting cast are made up mostly of the great and the good of the British acting establishment, (a superb Margaret Leighton, John Mills, Laurence Olivier as Wellington, Ralph Richardson in an excellent cameo as King George IV, Michael Wilding), and the production overall is extremely handsome to look at. (It's obvious, on the whole, no expense was spared). Indeed, as historical dramas go, this one is a cut above the rest with Bolt displaying a keen sense of the cinematic in several scenes. Hardly ever revived, it's worth seeking out.


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