Daughters of Destiny

Daughters of Destiny (UK title: Love, Soldiers and Women, French title: Destinées and Italian title: Destini di donne) is a 1954 Franco-Italian co-production motion picture comedy drama directed by Marcello Pagliero, Jean Delannoy and Christian-Jaque. The film stars Claudette Colbert (segment "Elisabeth"), Michèle Morgan (segment "Jeanne") and Martine Carol (segment "Lysistrata"). It tells three stories, which are unrelated, but each deal with a woman and war.

Daughters of Destiny
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMarcello Pagliero (segment "Elisabeth")
Jean Delannoy (segment "Jeanne")
Christian-Jaque (segment "Lysistrata")
Produced byHenry Deutschmeister
Written bySergio Amidei
André-Paul Antoine
Jean Aurenche
Pierre Bost
Jean Ferry
Ennio Flaiano
Carlo Rim
Henri Jeanson
Vladimir Pozner
André Tabet
Story bySergio Amidei (segment "Elisabeth")
Aristophanes (segment "Lysistrata")
StarringClaudette Colbert
Michèle Morgan
Martine Carol
Music byRoman Vlad
CinematographyMario Craveri (segment "Elisabeth")
Robert Lefebvre (segment "Jeanne")
Raffaele Masciocchi
Christian Matras (segment "Lysistrata")
Edited byLaure Casseau (segment "Elisabeth")
James Cuenet (segment "Jeanne")
Jacques Desagneaux (segment "Lysistrata")
Franco London Films
Continental Produzione
Distributed byContinental Produzione
Release date
  • 21 January 1954 (1954-01-21) (Italy)
  • 27 January 1954 (1954-01-27) (France)
Running time
94 minutes (U.S.)
96 minutes (UK)


In this trilogy of stories, the episode "Elizabeth" is about an American war-widow who goes to Italy where her husband was in WW II. The episode "Jeanne" tells the life of Jeanne d'Arc. The episode "Lysistrata" is about Athenian wives, an adaptation of the Greek play.

Principal cast

segment "Elisabeth"
segment "Jeanne"
segment "Lysistrata"


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