La Fayette (film)

La Fayette is a 1961 French-Italian biographical film directed by Jean Dréville and starring Pascale Audret, Jack Hawkins and Orson Welles.[2] The film depicts the life of Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, in particular his role in the American War of Independence.

La Fayette
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Directed byJean Dréville
Produced byJean Dréville
Written byJean Bernard-Luc
Jean Dréville
François Ponthier
Suzy Prim
Jacques Sigurd
StarringPascale Audret
Jack Hawkins
Michel Le Royer
Orson Welles
Music byPierre Duclos
Steve Laurent
CinematographyRoger Hubert
Claude Renoir
Edited byRené Le Hénaff
Les Films Copernic
Distributed byComacico (France)
Release date
8 February 1962 (France) (premiere)
Running time
112 minutes
Box office$100,000 (US/Canada rentals)[1]


Critical receptionEdit

Allmovie wrote, "the story of a Frenchman who fought to liberate the American colonies from British rule is colorfully brought to the screen...Orson Welles gives a memorable performance as Benjamin Franklin";[3] while TV Guide found "the picture is weighed down by its need for spectacle, and displays little grace in its presentation. It boasts two of cinema's greatest directors as part of the cast--Welles, doing his best as Ben Franklin, and De Sica." [4]


  1. ^ "Feature films shot, released domestically in 70mm process". Daily Variety. May 21, 1992. p. 22.
  2. ^ "LA FAYETTE". BFI. Archived from the original on 2009-01-14.
  3. ^ "Lafayette (1961) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  4. ^ "Lafayette". TV Guide.

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