Leda


1h 50m 1961

Brief Synopsis

Leda, the flirt of Monsieur Marcoux is murdered. His wife and the police think, that the murderer was the milk-man, the friend of the maid, but Marcoux' daughter's fiance Lazo, who is aware of the corrupt situation in that family doesn't agree with them.

Film Details

Also Known As
A doppia mandata, Web of Passion, À double tour
Release Date
Jan 1961
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 13 May 1961
Production Company
Paris-Films Production; Titanus
Distribution Company
Times Film Corp.
Country
France
Location
Aix-en-Provence, France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Key to Nicholas Street by Stanley Ellin (New York, 1952).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Synopsis

On the outskirts of Aix-en-Provence lives Henri Marcoux, a wealthy winegrower whose hatred-ridden family is held together by greed. Henri has escaped from the emptiness of his marriage by entering into an affair with Léda, a beautiful Italian artist whose home next door reflects the years she spent in Japan. Henri's conventional wife, Thérèse, is chiefly concerned with protecting the family fortune and avoiding scandal. Their young son, Richard, emasculated by his mother, has withdrawn into the world of music. Elizabeth, the daughter, finds some release from the family tensions in her love for her father's friend Laszlo, a vulgar expatriate anarchist who encourages Henri to depart with Léda. Thérèse, who finds Laszlo's presence intolerable, agrees to overlook Henri's affair with Léda if he will get rid of Laszlo. At the moment Henri decides to leave with Léda, the maid announces that she has been murdered. Suspicion falls on each member of the household, as the police ineffectually move in. Laszlo finally beats a confession from Richard, who committed the murder after he overheard a violent quarrel between his parents. Despite his mother's pleas, Richard, convinced by Laszlo, surrenders himself to the law.

Film Details

Also Known As
A doppia mandata, Web of Passion, À double tour
Release Date
Jan 1961
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 13 May 1961
Production Company
Paris-Films Production; Titanus
Distribution Company
Times Film Corp.
Country
France
Location
Aix-en-Provence, France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Key to Nicholas Street by Stanley Ellin (New York, 1952).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Opened in Paris in November 1959 as À double tour. Italian title: A doppia mandata. Title changed to Web of Passion. Location scenes filmed in Aix-en-Provence.

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the Best Actress Prize (Robinson) at the 1959

Released in United States 1961

Shown at the Venice Film Festival September 8, 1959.

Venice Film Festival.

Shown in New York City (Walter Reade Theater) as part of program "Just Before Midnight: The Cinema of Claude Chabrol" July 23 - August 19, 1999.

c Eastmancolor

dialogue French

9900 feet

subtitled

Released in United States 1961