Waltz Of The Toreadors

  • 1962
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

Sellers is outstanding as a Leo Fitzjohn, a retired general looking to escape a bleak existence in this fine adaptation of Jean Anouilh's bittersweet stage comedy. The film opens just before the outbreak of WWI. Fitzjohn has retired from the army and now lives on his manor with his shrewish wife, Emily (Leighton), whom he can't stand. Tortured by loneliness,...read more

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Sellers is outstanding as a Leo Fitzjohn, a retired general looking to escape a bleak existence in this fine adaptation of Jean Anouilh's bittersweet stage comedy. The film opens just before the outbreak of WWI. Fitzjohn has retired from the army and now lives on his manor with his

shrewish wife, Emily (Leighton), whom he can't stand. Tortured by loneliness, Fitzjohn pines for the days when he had a platonic affair 17 years before with Ghislaine (Robin), a beautiful young Frenchwoman. Surprisingly, Ghislaine arrives at the manor claiming fidelity to the general and demanding

that they consummate the relationship. Fitzjohn jumps at the chance, but circumstances force a postponement of their rendezvous and he leaves his former love under the care of his aide, Robert (Fraser). In two days, the aide succeeds where Fitzjohn has failed, and the angry general puts the young

soldier in for a court-martial. Fitzjohn learns during the trial that Robert is actually his illegitimate son, so he stops the proceedings and allows the young couple to marry. Unhinged by the reality that he is stuck with Emily for the rest of his life, Fitzjohn considers doing something

desperate, but a new arrival on the scene changes his mind.

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  • Review: Sellers is outstanding as a Leo Fitzjohn, a retired general looking to escape a bleak existence in this fine adaptation of Jean Anouilh's bittersweet stage comedy. The film opens just before the outbreak of WWI. Fitzjohn has retired from the army and now l… (more)

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