Lafayette


1h 50m 1963

Brief Synopsis

Orson Welles is Benjamin Franklin in this first film dealing with the story of Lafayette, the 19 year old pacifist who takes the side of the Colonials during the American war of Independence. The young man received the greatest honor given to a stranger: to tour the country as the nation's guest.

Film Details

Also Known As
La Fayette, Una spada per due bandiere
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 10 Apr 1963
Production Company
Copernic Films; Cosmos Film
Distribution Company
Maco Film Corp.
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.20 : 1, 2.35 : 1

Synopsis

In 1776 when the ill-equipped American colonies are fighting for their independence against superior British forces, General Washington sends Silas Deane to France to recruit officers and soldiers sympathetic to the colonies' cause. One such soldier is the Marquis de Lafayette, a hot-blooded, 19-year-old nobleman who defies both his father-in-law and Louis XVI in order to join in the fight for freedom. While on a mission to England, Lafayette meets General Cornwallis during a fox hunt. The two men meet again later on opposite sides of an American battlefield. During the fighting, Washington becomes so impressed with the Frenchman's valor that he puts him in charge of a plan to harass Cornwallis. The strategy is successful, and the British suffer a disastrous defeat at Saratoga. As a result of the battle of Yorktown, Cornwallis is forced to surrender, and the colonies win their independence.

Film Details

Also Known As
La Fayette, Una spada per due bandiere
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 10 Apr 1963
Production Company
Copernic Films; Cosmos Film
Distribution Company
Maco Film Corp.
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.20 : 1, 2.35 : 1

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Notes

Location scenes filmed in Yugoslavia. Opened in Paris in February 1962 as La Fayette; running time: 158 min; in Rome in November 1962 as Lafayette (Una spada per due bandiere); running time: 115 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

Technirama 70