Lady L (1965)

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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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Cast

Sophia Loren
as Lady Louise Lendale/Lady L
Paul Newman
as Armand Denis
David Niven
as Lord Lendale
Cecil Parker
as Sir Percy
Claude Dauphin
as Inspector Mercier
Philippe Noiret
as Ambroise Gerome
Jean Wiener
as Krajewski
Eugene Deckers
as Koenigstein
Peter Ustinov
as Prince Otto
Sacha Pitoëff
as Bomb-throwing revolutionary
Roger Trapp
as Dubaron
Joseph Dassin
as Police Inspector
Jacques Legras
as Police Inspector
Mario Feliciani
as Italian Anarchist
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Critic Reviews for Lady L

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Experiment of starting and ending this pic with Sophia Loren as an 80-year-old, an alleged aristocrat with a somewhat simpering tedious voice, doesn't come off.

Jun 17, 2008 | Full Review…
Variety
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A glossy and very silly period costume piece.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Whatever the causes of the minor disatisfactions inherent in this film, its major rewards are due to Peter Ustinov's sensitive conception and superb direction.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Gary and Ustinov fail to be bogged down by the story's inherent banalities because they are quite outside it and its limitations.

Jul 20, 2018 | Full Review…

An artistic and commercial flop in which both Paul Newman and Sophia Loren are miscast.

Jul 19, 2009 | Rating: C | Full Review…

This is one of those cute little films made by a cute little cadre of actors with nothing much else to do.

Jun 17, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lady L

Received poor critical reviews, but I figured with Sophia Loren & Paul Newman during the '60s there should be SOMEthing worth watching, right? Eh, not so much. Neither seems to be trying very hard, although Loren does light comedy nicely in some scenes with aging makeup to appear 80, but that pretty much defeats the eye candy aspect. Slow paced, dully plotted, and quite inconsequential - there's simply no spark to this movie.

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