Lady Caroline Lamb

Lady Caroline Lamb

Director: Robert Bolt

Cast: Robert Bolt, Sarah Miles, Jon Finch, Richard Chamberlain

     
 

Screenwriter Robert Bolt's directorial debut is a lushly romantic saga concerning the 1812 love affair between the wife of William Lamb, Lord of Melbourne, and the author of the poem Childe Harold, Lord Byron. Excited and embarrassed by the attendant affections heaped upon him, Byron found his writing talent waning, and in 1813 the lovers ended their affair. InSee more details below

Overview

Screenwriter Robert Bolt's directorial debut is a lushly romantic saga concerning the 1812 love affair between the wife of William Lamb, Lord of Melbourne, and the author of the poem Childe Harold, Lord Byron. Excited and embarrassed by the attendant affections heaped upon him, Byron found his writing talent waning, and in 1813 the lovers ended their affair. In her first novel, Glenarvon in 1816, Lady Lamb included a satiric portrait of her former lover. But when she later witnessed Byron's funeral in 1828, she was so affected by his death she never mentally recovered from the trauma. The film charts the doomed romantic course for Lady Caroline Lamb (Sarah Miles), beginning with her marriage to the politically promising William Lamb (Jon Finch) and continuing with her scandalous affair with Byron (Richard Chamberlain). The film then chronicles Lady Caroline Lamb's supreme sacrifice on behalf of her husband's political career.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The real story of the affair between Lady Caroline Lamb and Lord Byron is one that is filled with passion, intrigue and revenge, so it's amazing that Robert Bolt's screen version is so unrelentingly dull. Bolt has a fondness for period and/or historical pieces, so one assumes that he knew the actual story but felt that the nonsense that he fabricated was somehow better and more dramatic. He was seriously mistaken on both counts, and as a result a potentially fascinating movie is instead rather deadly. It's not without some assets. The physical production, for example, is quite lovely, with the kind of sets and costumes that one appreciates and longs for when thinking of English period films. Richard Rodney Bennett's score is also rather special, and there are some far-too-supporting performances from Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier that are pleasing. But Bolt's screenplay is a mess, and his direction is lifeless. In the title role, Sarah Miles scrambles madly around, trying to find a way to play the part so that it comes across as interesting but succeeding only in seeming somewhat schizophrenic. Jon Finch manages to find some moments in the latter part of the movie that he can act, but he is left with too little to work with in the early parts. And while Richard Chamberlain's Byron is certainly interesting, it's also a trifle bizarre.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/18/2007
UPC:
0029502954284
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
PG
Source:
Jef Films
Region Code:
0
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
43,194

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sarah Miles Lady Caroline Lamb
Jon Finch William Lamb
Richard Chamberlain Lord Byron
John Mills Canning
Margaret Leighton Lady Melbourne
Fanny Rowe Lady Holland
Pamela Brown Lady Bessborough
Joyce Carey Marquise
Timothy Dalton Actor
Preston Lockwood 1st Partner
Robert Mill Wellington's Aide de Camp
Norman Mitchell Restaurant Functionary
John Rapley 2nd Partner
Ralph Richardson George IV
Laurence Olivier Duke of Wellington
Caterina Boratto Actor
Silvia Monti Miss Milbanke
Peter Bull Government Minister
Charles Carson Mr. Potter
Sonia Dresdel Lady Pont
Nicholas Field St. John
Felicity Gibson Girl In Blue
Richard Hurndall Radical Member
Paddy Joyce Irish housekeeper
Bernard Kay Benson
Janet Key Miss Fairfax
Mario Maranzana Coachman
Trevor Peacock Agent
Maureen Pryor Mrs. Buller
Stephen Sheppard Buckham
Roy Stewart Black Pug
Ralph Truman Admiral
Michael Wilding Lord Holland
Robert Harris Apothecary
John Moffatt Murray

Technical Credits
Robert Bolt Director,Screenwriter
Richard Rodney Bennett Score Composer
Franco Cristaldi Producer
Carmen Dillon Art Director
Vernon Dixon Set Decoration/Design
Marcus Dods Musical Direction/Supervision
Eleanor Fazan Choreography
George Frost Makeup
Fernando Ghia Producer
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Norman Savage Editor
David Tringham Asst. Director
David Walker Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernard Williams Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lady Caroline Lamb
1. A Marriage [9:46]
2. Trouble [11:39]
3. The House [4:32]
4. Lord Byron [16:30]
5. Scandal [12:01]
6. An Affair [6:36]
7. Bad Behavior [8:32]
8. Wellington's [11:10]
9. A Choice [11:56]
10. A Condition [12:25]
11. Separation [7:36]
12. Broken Heart [9:36]

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