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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 Joe Dassin ... Un inspecteur de police
Jacques Legras 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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If anyone can handle three men...it's Loren! 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 »

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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

More than thirty years after this movie's release, Writer and Director Sir Peter Ustinov reflected that the romantic aspects of the story hadn't really worked, because Sophia Loren and Paul Newman had strongly disliked each other. See more »

Quotes

Dicky, Lord Lendale: My sister Lettice likes to light small fires on the buildings. Specially when they are full of people. She tried it at Buckingham Palace once during the garden party. Luckily, it always rains in that day.
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Crazy Credits

The part of LENDALE CASTLE was played by CASTLE HOWARD, Yorkshire, thanks to the kindness of Mr. George HOWARD. See more »

Connections

Featured in Film Preview: Episode #1.2 (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Prélude N° 15
in D flat minor" (uncredited)
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
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Riotous Satire Well Told By Veteran Cast
17 April 2001 | by rollo_tomasoSee all my reviews

I had stayed away from this film because the critics panned it so viciously. Serves me right, because it was absolutely wonderful from beginning to end. Ustinov punctuates the rich satire in the script just perfectly with his grandiose direction. The cinematography is lush, and Sophia is outrageously good, as the strongly principled woman ahead of her time, who sees and is amused by all the rich ironies of life. Cecil Parker gives the movie it's opening tone and it never misses a best. But the writing is the strongest single aspect of the work, always remaining true to its characters, while making pungent observations on UK moral codes, class struggles, the battle of the sexes, the institution of marriage, and many others. Enjoy! 10/10


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