Lady Caroline Lamb (film)
Lady Caroline Lamb is a 1972 film based on the life of Lady Caroline Lamb, lover of Lord Byron and wife of William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne (later Prime Minister). The film was written and directed by Robert Bolt and starred his wife, Sarah Miles, as Lady Caroline. The fim also stars Jon Finch, Richard Chamberlain, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, John Mills, Margaret Leighton and Michael Wilding.
|Lady Caroline Lamb|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Robert Bolt|
|Produced by||Fernando Ghia|
|Written by||Robert Bolt|
|Music by||Richard Rodney Bennett|
|Distributed by||MGM-EMI (UK) |
United Artists (US)
|22 November 1972|
- Sarah Miles as Lady Caroline Lamb
- Jon Finch as William Lamb
- Richard Chamberlain as Lord Byron
- John Mills as Canning
- Margaret Leighton as Lady Melbourne
- Pamela Brown as Lady Bessborough
- Silvia Monti as Miss Millbanke
- Ralph Richardson as King George IV.
- Laurence Olivier as Duke of Wellington
- Michael Wilding as Lord Holland
- Peter Bull as Minister
- Charles Carson as Potter
- Sonia Dresdel as Lady Pont
- Nicholas Field as St. John
- Caterina Boratto
- Felicity Gibson as Girl in Blue
The film was the directorial debut of screenwriter Robert Bolt and stars his then wife Sarah Miles in the title role. Bolt did not direct another film. The film is also notable because it is the last film in which Michael Wilding appeared, in a cameo with his last wife, Margaret Leighton, who played Lady Melbourne. The film score was composed by Richard Rodney Bennett, who later based a concert work, Elegy for Lady Caroline Lamb for viola and orchestra, on some of the material.
Praise came for Laurence Olivier's cameo as the Duke of Wellington, with Philip French of The Times writing that "... Olivier's brief appearance as the Duke of Wellington is a beautifully witty and rounded characterisation that is worth the price of the admission in itself".
The film was one of the most popular movies of 1973 at the British box office.
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- The Films of Laurence Olivier, by Margaret Morley, Citadel, 1977, p 176
- Harper, Sue (2011). British Film Culture in the 1970s: The Boundaries of Pleasure: The Boundaries of Pleasure. Edinburgh University Press. p. 270.