La Fayette (film)

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La Fayette
"La Fayette (1961).jpg
Directed by Jean Dréville
Produced by Jean Dréville
Written by Jean Bernard-Luc
Jean Dréville
François Ponthier
Suzy Prim
Jacques Sigurd
Starring Pascale Audret
Jack Hawkins
Michel Le Royer
Orson Welles
Music by Pierre Duclos
Steve Laurent
Cinematography Roger Hubert
Claude Renoir
Edited by René Le Hénaff
Les Films Copernic
Distributed by Comacico (France)
Release date
8 February 1961 (France) (premiere)
Running time
112 minutes
Country France/Italy
Language French/English

La Fayette is a 1961 French-Italian biographical film directed by Jean Dréville and starring Pascale Audret, Jack Hawkins and Orson Welles.[1] The film depicts the life of Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, in particular his role in the American War of Independence.


Critical reception[edit]

Allmovie wrote, "the story of a Frenchman who fought to liberate the American colonies from British rule is colorfully brought to the screen...Orson Welles gives a memorable performance as Benjamin Franklin" ;[2] while TV Guide found "the picture is weighed down by its need for spectacle, and displays little grace in its presentation. It boasts two of cinema's greatest directors as part of the cast--Welles, doing his best as Ben Franklin, and De Sica." [3]


  1. ^ "LA FAYETTE". BFI. 
  2. ^ "Lafayette (1961) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". AllMovie. 
  3. ^ "Lafayette". TV Guide. 

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