Waltz of the Toreadors (film)

Waltz of the Toreadors is a 1962 film directed by John Guillermin and starring Peter Sellers and Dany Robin. It was based on the play of the same name by Jean Anouilh with the location changed from France to England.[1][2][3] It was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best British Screenplay, in 1963.[4]

Waltz of the Toreadors
Original US film poster
Directed byJohn Guillermin
Written byJean Anouilh (play)
Screenplay byWolf Mankowitz
StarringPeter Sellers
Music byRichard Addinsell
CinematographyJohn Wilcox
Edited byPeter Taylor
Distributed byContinental Distributing
Release date
12 April 1962 (World Premiere, London)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film had its World Premiere on 12 April 1962 at the Odeon Leicester Square in London's West End.[5]


This is the end of a glorious military career: General Leo Fitzjohn retires to his Sussex manor where he will write his memoirs. Unfortunately, his private life is a disaster: a confirmed womanizer, Leo has infuriated his wife Emily, now a shrewish and hypochondriac woman, all the more bitter as she still loves him. The General has two plain-looking daughters he dislikes and an attractive French mistress, Ghislaine, with whom he has had a platonic affair for seventeen years. When Ghislaine resurfaces, determined to complete her love with him and to get rid of Emily, Leo is at a loss what to do...



The film was the 11th most popular movie at the British box office in 1962.[6]

In The New York Times, Bosley Crowther wrote, "Mr. Sellers, still in his thirties, plays the comically stiff and paunchy role of a retired British Army general with a still-eager eye for the girls, and he does it with detail so deft and devilish that he adds another jewel to his crown."[7]


  1. "Waltz of the Toreadors (1962)".
  2. "Waltz of the Toreadors". Turner Classic Movies.
  3. "Waltz of the Toreadors (1962) - John Guillermin - Cast and Crew - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  4. "BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org.
  5. The Times, online archive 12 April 1962, page 2 (subscription required)
  6. "Money-Making Films Of 1962" The Times [London, England] 4 January 1963: 4. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 11 July 2012. (subscription required)
  7. https://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9907E0DD143BE53BBC4C52DFBE668389679EDE
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