Lady Caroline Lamb (film)

Lady Caroline Lamb

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Bolt
Produced by Fernando Ghia
Written by Robert Bolt
Starring Sarah Miles
Jon Finch
Richard Chamberlain
Laurence Olivier
Music by Richard Rodney Bennett
Cinematography Oswald Morris
Distributed by MGM-EMI (UK)
United Artists (US)
Release dates
Language English

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 and Ralph Richardson.



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 an uncredited, non-speaking 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".[1]

External links


  1. The Films of Laurence Olivier, by Margaret Morley, Citadel, 1977, p 176
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