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Lady Caroline Lamb (1972)

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

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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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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22 December 1972 (Ireland)  »

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Lady Caroline  »

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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The picture was an English-Italian co-production and featured filming in both of the countries of Italy and England. See more »

Quotes

ADC to Wellington: [Caroline has just slashed her wrists] Good God, your Grace! She just tried to kill herself!
Duke of Wellington: Nonsense, me boy. No difficulty about killing yourself, if you really mean to.
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Referenced in The Films of Robert Bolt (1972) See more »

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Waltz No.1, Op. 50B
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
Arranged by Lawrence Ashmore
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A shameful waste
5 March 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have never understood why or how Sarah Miles became a film star. I assume that early in her career she must have been good in something, which led to her being promoted to leading roles, but whatever that magical film/play/TV role was I must have missed it. However until I saw Lady Caroline Lamb I had never thought her a truly terrible actress. I do now. In an unbecoming blonde wig and with weird, drag queen makeup (pencil thin eyebrows and pale pastel blue eyeshadow), Miles is strangely reminiscent of a faded Danny La Rue. In fact, Mr. La Rue might well have given a more nuanced, and almost certainly more entertaining performance. The most astonishing thing about this film is that it was written specifically for Miles by her then husband Robert Bolt as a showcase for her "talents". And to ensure success she was backed up by a supporting cast including the likes of Laurence Olivier, John Mills and Ralph Richardson. Playing a smallish role is Margaret Leighton, and she effortlessly steals the film. Leighton is sublime - a magnificent actress who commands attention and brings depth and meaning to her every line. Her genuine talent further exposes Miles as an amateur who is simply out of her depth. And as a delicious irony, Robert Bolt has Leighton say of Miles, to her screen husband, "Your wife is a mass of nothing. She has no centre, nothing at all". Talk about art imitating life!


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