Leo the Last


1h 44m 1970

Brief Synopsis

Prince Leo (Marcello Mastroianni), last in the line of rulers of a long-deposed monarchy on continental Europe and jaded with the frenetic search for kicks with the European jet-set, returns to his father's London town house for rest. With him are social-climber Margaret (Billie Whitelaw), to whom he is engaged, and Laszlo (Vladek Sheybal), who is planning a counter revolution which will restore Leo to the kingship of the monarchy. Leo is shocked to discover the one exclusive neighborhood has degenerated into a ghetto inhabited mainly by poor blacks on the brink of desperation. His nearest neighbors are the Mardi family and their beautiful daughter, Salambo (Glenna Forster Jones), who catches his eye as does her boy friend the procurer Roscoe (Calvin Lockhart.) Using the excuse of watching birds he watches them closely through field glasses with the coolness and detachment of a scientist watching insects under a magnifying glass. When Salambo is forced to become a whore in order to keep her family together, Leo, despite the pleadings of Margaret and Laszlo who has just about finished the steps toward the restoration, does something of which he always though himself incapable.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Crime
Adaptation
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 12 May 1970
Production Company
Char--Wink--Boor Productions
Distribution Company
United Artists
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Prince by George Tabori (production undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)

Synopsis

Leo, the last in the line of a deposed European monarchy, returns to London for the first time in many years. Traveling with him are his mistress, Margaret, who wants to marry him for his money, and Laszlo, the leader of a band of exiles who are still plotting to restore Leo to the throne. Although the area around his family's mansion has become a Negro ghetto, Leo is at first oblivious to everything but his hobby, ornithology. His bird-watching habits lead him to notice the plight of the poor around him. At first, Leo observes with detachment the problems of one of his black neighbors whose beautiful daughter Salambo is continually harassed by the men of the neighborhood. When a Polish shopkeeper tries to rape Salambo, her boyfriend Roscoe beats him up and is sent to jail. Salambo is then left unprotected, and Jasper, a local pimp, tries to lead her into prostitution. Leo realizes that he must protect the young girl; he becomes involved in the problems of the ghetto; and in a gesture of solidarity with the poor, he sets fire to his mansion.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Crime
Adaptation
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 12 May 1970
Production Company
Char--Wink--Boor Productions
Distribution Company
United Artists
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Prince by George Tabori (production undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Filmed in the Notting Hill Gate section of London. Released in Great Britain in 1970.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1970

Released in United States October 1998

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival October 8-18, 1998.

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1970

Released in United States October 1998 (Shown at Chicago International Film Festival October 8-18, 1998.)