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Lady L
     

Lady L

Director: Peter Ustinov

Cast: Sophia Loren, Paul Newman, David Niven

 

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Lady L (Sophia Loren) is an 80-year-old woman who recalls her amorous adventures in flashback in this light sex comedy. While working as a laundress, Lady L falls for the gambler and anarchist Armand (Paul Newman), who gets mixed up with an inept group trying to assassinate the senile Prince Otto (Peter Ustinov). She ends up marrying the suave aristocrat Dicky (David

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Lady L (Sophia Loren) is an 80-year-old woman who recalls her amorous adventures in flashback in this light sex comedy. While working as a laundress, Lady L falls for the gambler and anarchist Armand (Paul Newman), who gets mixed up with an inept group trying to assassinate the senile Prince Otto (Peter Ustinov). She ends up marrying the suave aristocrat Dicky (David Niven) in this entertaining but uneven feature.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Lady L wants to be an anarchical comedy, a satire that lobs bombs at all sorts of conventions and classes -- but unfortunately, director/writer Peter Ustinov forgot to light the fuse. The film starts out well (once one gets past Sophia Loren's inability to pass as an 80-year-old woman), but it never delivers on its early promise, and it never seems to settle on what it wants to say or what its targets will be. It does have a twisted sense of humor which pokes its head through every so often, but the pacing is too deliberate and the atmosphere too strained for much of the humor to land. Once she gets to play a younger woman, Loren is fine, although her attempts at portraying a woman born to the breed are not always successful. David Niven, of course, has no trouble exuding the airs of the upper class, but he doesn't seem as firmly in command of his character as is his usual wont. More problematic is Paul Newman, whose performance is curiously lifeless. There are some attractive costumes and lovely scenery, but they actually end up working against Lady L, making it seem like a conventional film when it cries out for a more outrageous and adventurous treatment.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2014
UPC:
0888574015510
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Sales rank:
26,516

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sophia Loren Lady L
Paul Newman Armand
David Niven Lord Lendale
Claude Dauphin Inspector Mercier
Philippe Noiret Ambroise Gerome
Michel Piccoli Lecoeur
Marcel Dalio Sapper
Cecil Parker Sir Percy
Daniel Emilfork Kobeleff
Eugene Deckers Koenigstein
Tanya Lopert Agneau
Catherine Allegret Pantoufle
Peter Ustinov Prince Otto of Bavaria
Jacques Ciron Actor
Joseph Dassin Actor
Mario Feliciani Actor
Jacques Legras Actor
Hella Petri Madam
Roger Trapp Actor
Jean Wiener Krajewski
Hazel Hughes Actor
Jacques Dufilho Beala
Sacha Pitoeff Bomb-throwing revolutionary
Arthur Howard Butler
Dorothy Reynolds Actor

Technical Credits
Peter Ustinov Director,Screenwriter
Henri Alékan Cinematographer
Giuseppe Annunziata Makeup
Maurice Barnathan Set Decoration/Design
Karl Baumgertner Special Effects
Margot Capelier Casting
Auguste Capelier Production Designer
Jean D'Eaubonne Production Designer
Michel Deruelle Makeup
Roger Dwyre Editor
Marcel Escoffier Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Feyder Asst. Director
Jean Françaix Score Composer
Jacqueline Guot Costumes/Costume Designer
Carlo Ponti Producer
William Robert Sivel Sound/Sound Designer
William J. Tuttle Makeup

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