The Adventures of Mandrin

The Adventures of Mandrin (Italian: Le Avventure di Mandrin) is a 1952 French-Italian historical adventure film directed by Mario Soldati and starring Raf Vallone, Silvana Pampanini and Jacques Castelot.[1] It was released under a variety of alternative titles including Don Juan's Night of Love in America and The Affair of Madame Pompadour in Britain.

The Adventures of Mandrin
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American poster
Directed byMario Soldati
Written byGiorgio Bassani
Augusto Frassinetti
Vittorio Nino Novarese
Mario Soldati
Produced byJacques Bar
Niccolò Theodoli
StarringRaf Vallone
Silvana Pampanini
Jacques Castelot
CinematographyMario Montuori
Edited byRoberto Cinquini
Music byMario Nascimbene
Cormoran Films
Industrie Cinematografiche Sociali
Distributed bySonofilm
Republic Pictures (US)
Release date
8 March 1952
Running time
102 minutes

The film's sets were designed by the art director Guido Fiorini. It was shot at the Farnesina Studios of Titanus in Rome. On its release it earned around 194 million lira at the Italian box office.[2]


During the reign of Louis XV of France the smuggler and brigand Louis Mandrin leads defiance of the government's harsh tax-collecting efforts.



  1. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich p.15
  2. ^ Chiti & Poppi p.51


  • Chiti, Roberto & Poppi, Roberto. Dizionario del cinema italiano: Dal 1945 al 1959. Gremese Editore, 1991.
  • Kinnard, Roy & Crnkovich, Tony . Italian Sword and Sandal Films, 1908–1990. McFarland, 2017.

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