Les Sultans (1966)
aka: The Sultans
A film directed by Jean Delannoy

Genre: Romance / Drama


Lisa, a successful fashion photographer, meets and falls in love with Laurent, a wealthy businessman. Unfortunately, he is already married and seems to be more preoccupied with rescuing his daughter from the amorous clutches of an unsuitable suitor. Lisa's dismay at Laurent's lack of interest in her drives her to the point of suicide...
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Film Review

Les Sultans is a French-Italian romantic film drama first released in France on 6th May 1966, directed by Jean Delannoy. The film is based on a novel by Christine de Rivoyre and stars Gina Lollobrigida, Louis Jourdan, Corinne Marchand, Philippe Noiret and Muriel Baptiste. It has also been released under the title: The Sultans.   It is a Bercol Films production, produced by Jacques-Paul Bertrand and distributed by Societé Cinématographique Lyre.  

Our overall rating for Les Sultans is: mediocre - watchable, but not unless you have something better to do,

Other memorable films that have been directed by Jean Delannoy include: Le Garçon sauvage (1951), Destinées (1954), Maigret et l'affaire Saint-Fiacre (1959) and Vénus Impérial (1963). The actor Gina Lollobrigida has also appeared in: Beat the Devil (1953), Come September (1961), Mare matto (1963) and Le piacevoli notti (1966).

Other romance/drama films of the 1960s from France that are recommended viewing include: Agnès Varda's Le Bonheur (1965), François Truffaut's Jules et Jim (1962), Peter Brook's Moderato cantabile (1960), Jean-Luc Godard's Vivre sa vie (1962) and Henri Verneuil's Week-end à Zuydcoote (1964).

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Film Credits

  • Director: Jean Delannoy
  • Script: Jean-Loup Dabadie, Jean Delannoy, Christine de Rivoyre (novel)
  • Photo: Tonino Delli Colli
  • Music: Georges Garvarentz
  • Cast: Gina Lollobrigida (Lisa), Louis Jourdan (Laurent), Corinne Marchand (Mireille), Philippe Noiret (Michou), Muriel Baptiste (Kim), Renée Faure (Odette Messager), Claude Gensac (Marcelle), Lucia Modugno (Maguy), Rosy Varte (Girl in the club), Daniel Gélin (Léo), Pascale de Boysson (Petit rôle), Colette Mars (Petit rôle), Dominique Maurin (Petit rôle), Philippine Pascal (Petit rôle)
  • Country: France / Italy
  • Language: French
  • Support: Color
  • Runtime: 94 min
  • Aka: The Sultans
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