“Lady L.” ( born Lady L ) is a film directed by Peter Ustinov . Screen adaptation of the novel of the same name by Romain Gary .
|Romain Gary (novel) |
|In the main|
|Sophia Loren |
|Film company||Compagnia Cinematografica Champion |
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|A country|| Great Britain |
The film takes place in the UK, France and Switzerland at the end of the XIX century.
Lady Louise Lendale (she is already 80 years old) tells her longtime biographer and admirer, British poet Sir Percy, about her eventful life. At first she was a laundress in Le Mouton Bleu, a famous Paris brothel. There she met Arman, an anarchist who collaborates with a revolutionary movement whose goal is to assassinate Prince Otto of Bavaria. Louise meets the British Lord Dickey Lendale, who begins to look after her. Soon she marries him in exchange for saving Arman from the police.
- Sophia Loren - Lady Louise Lendale / Lady L.
- Paul Newman - Arman Denis
- David Niven - Lord Dickey Lendale
- Cecil Parker - Sir Percy
- Philippe Noiret - Ambrois Jerome
- Marcel Dalio - Demoman
- Roger Trapp - Police Inspector Duboron
The film was shot in the spirit of romantic fantasy, with elements of farce and comedy, however this is only the outside. Behind the facade of a strange love story at the turn of the century, a drama of base feelings with a smack of death is revealed  .
Sophia Loren plays two roles at once: Lady L in her youth and her same at 80 years of age in the corresponding makeup. Critics noted certain problems with casting and matching their characters. For a charming Parisian laundress Lauren looks quite authentic, but for an older character she is not quite suitable. Paul Newman in the role of the French anarchist Arman Denis is also not entirely convincing  .
- Movie: color (Eastmancolor)
- New York Times Review “Lady L” (1965) / May 19, 1966 / (English) (registration required) (Retrieved March 6, 2010)
- Movie review on videoguide.ru (Retrieved March 6, 2010)
- "Lady L." on the Internet Movie Database
- Dennis Schwartz: “Ozus' World Movie Reviews”