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Leo the Last (1970)

R | | Drama, Comedy | March 1970 (UK)
A social satire about the last heir of a dethroned family of European monarchs whose plans to return to power through revolution become secondary after he becomes fascinated by the life of a poor London black girl and her boyfriend.

Director:

John Boorman

Writers:

William Stair (screenplay) (as Bill Stair), John Boorman (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Leo
Billie Whitelaw ... Margaret
Calvin Lockhart ... Roscoe
Glenna Forster-Jones Glenna Forster-Jones ... Salambo (as Glenna Forster Jones)
Graham Crowden ... Max
Gwen Ffrangcon Davies ... Hilda
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... David
Vladek Sheybal ... Laszlo
Keefe West Keefe West ... Jasper
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ... Kowalski
Patsy Smart ... Mrs. Kowalski
Ram John Holder Ram John Holder ... Black Preacher
Thomas Bucson Thomas Bucson ... Mr. Madi (as Thomas Buson)
Tina Solomon Tina Solomon ... Mrs. Madi
Brinsley Forde Brinsley Forde ... Bip
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Prince Leo, last in the line of rulers of a long-deposed monarchy on continental Europe and jaded with the frenetic search for kicks with the European jet-set, returns to his father's London town house for rest. With him are social-climber Margaret, to whom he is engaged, and Laszlo, who is planning a counter revolution which will restore Leo to the kingship of the monarchy. Leo is shocked to discover the one exclusive neighborhood has degenerated into a ghetto inhabited mainly by poor blacks on the brink of desperation. His nearest neighbors are the Mardi family and their beautiful daughter, Salambo, who catches his eye as does her boy friend the procurer Roscoe. Using the excuse of watching birds he watches them closely through field glasses with the coolness and detachment of a scientist watching insects under a magnifying glass. When Salambo is forced to become a whore in order to keep her family together, Leo, despite the pleadings of Margaret and Laszlo who has just about ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Worked on this movie
5 February 2008 | by billstanleySee all my reviews

I worked on this movie as a driver for the Directer, John Boorman. I remember he was very easy to get on with, and his wife Crystal was a pleasure to know her. The 2 younger twins, Daisy and Charlie were only very young then and were great kids. The family lived in Connaught Sq London, near Marble Arch, and I enjoyed many amusing lunches there particularly when Peter Cook turned up and the red wine was flowing like water.

By the time I joined the movie most of the filming was done and a lot of work was being done on the sound track. John was a perfectionist and the recording sessions often went late into the night. I remember the "end of shoot" party quite well, It was only across Hyde Park but the traffic was so busy John and his wife decided to catch the tube instead, but I cut through Mayfair and got there first. I thought maybe John would be annoyed at me arriving first, but he was very laid back that it wasn't a problem. He had 3 Au Pair girls, 2 Americans, and 1 Australian. I was going out with the Australian girl and she was mainly responsible for me moving to Australia.

In short, I enjoyed my experience working on the movie.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Leo den siste See more »

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Sound Mix:

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