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1955 Theatrical poster
|Directed by||Terence Young|
|Written by||Sy Bartlett
Based on the novel by Kate O'Brien
|Starring||Olivia de Havilland
|Running time||100 min.|
|Country||U.K. / Spain|
The film is based on the 1946 historical novel by Kate O'Brien, which was published in North America under the title For One Sweet Grape. Olivia de Havilland plays Ana de Mendoza, a swashbuckling, sword-toting princess. She lost an eye in a duel defending the honor of her king Philip II of Spain, (played by Paul Scofield who earned a BAFTA award for his portrayal of the smoldering, sexually frustrated Philip). Philip later jilted her to marry "Bloody Mary," the Queen of England. Now the unpopular Philip asks Ana de Mendoza to save his teetering throne.
Shot in England and on location in Spain, the film features gorgeous Cinemascope footage of the Spanish countryside and actual renaissance castles. That Lady is also of interest because was an early directorial effort by Terence Young who went on to direct three classic James Bond films: Dr. No, From Russia With Love, and Thunderball, and because Christopher Lee plays a bit part as Captain of the Guard. Trivia addicts will enjoy the odd coincidence that King Philip, like Sir Thomas More in A Man For All Seasons, has an opportunistic steward, only his is named "Matteo" while More's was named "Matthew."
The novel was also produced as a play in 1949.
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