In this comedy adventure period piece based on the story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a boisterous French hussar and womanizer, Col. Etienne Girard (Peter McEnery), falls for a noblewoman during Napoleon’s (Eli Wallach) campaign in the Spanish peninsula. His affair with the enticing Countess Teresa (Claudia Cardinale), who’s spying for the British against Napoleon, puts Girard at odds with his duties as she tries to enlist him for her cause.
Jerzy Skolimowski (born May 5, 1938) is a Polish film director, screenwriter, dramatist and actor. A graduate of the prestigious Polish Film School in Łódź, Skolimowski has directed more than twenty films since his 1960 début Oko wykol (The Menacing Eye). He lived in Los Angeles where he painted in a figurative, expressionist mode and acted occasionally in films. More recently, he began dividing his time between the US and Poland and returned to film making as a writer and director after a 17 year hiatus with Four Nights With Anna (Cztery noce z Anna) in 2008.