This anthology movie is the story of a luxuriously upholstered vehicle – at once witty, romantic, plush, glamorous and dreamy – as a Rolls-Royce (a 1931 Phantom II Barker Sedanca de Ville) passes from Marquis to Italian mobster, then to a haughty American millionairess, consorting with wartime Yugoslav guerillas.
In each of the three separate stories, someone’s girl manages to be unfaithful.
The first owner – in England – is the Marquess of Frinton (Rex Harrison), who buys the Roller for his French wife’s birthday (Jeanne Moreau). Unbeknownst to him, the Marchioness has a lover (Edmund Purdom) and – frantic for a place to make love before he leaves the country – they choose the car.
The second episode is set in Italy and stars George C. Scott as Italian-American mobster Paolo Maltese who brings his girlfriend (Shirley MacLaine) to Italy to introduce her to his family. She falls for Italian street photographer Stefano (Alain Delon) while Paolo is away “taking care” of a competitor in America.
She and Stefano also make love in the yellow Rolls-Royce.
The final tale mixes Yugoslavian partisans and haughty millionairess Gerda Millett (Ingrid Bergman) – she becomes a guerilla and the car (now looking rather worn), a vehicle of combat as Gerda smuggles rebel Davich (Omar Sharif) across the border in the boot (trunk).
The production is sumptuous, with glorious European scenery, and the film stars many world-famous names. This was Joyce Grenfell’s final movie before her death in November 1979, aged 69. It was also Anthony Asquith’s final movie as a director before his death in February 1968, aged 65.
Marquess of Frinton
Marchioness of Frinton
George C. Scott
Assistant Car Salesman
Lady Angela St. Simeon