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The Seventh Veil (1945)

 -  Drama | Music  -  15 February 1946 (USA)
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One dark summer night, Francesca Cunningham, a once world famed pianist, escapes from her hospital room and tries to commit suicide by jumping off a local bridge. She is rescued and taken ... See full summary »

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Ann Todd ...
Francesca
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Dr. Larsen
Hugh McDermott ...
Peter Gay
Albert Lieven ...
Yvonne Owen ...
David Horne ...
Dr. Kendall
Manning Whiley ...
Dr. Irving
Grace Allardyce ...
Nurse
Ernest Davies ...
Parker
John Slater ...
James
Arnold Goldsborough ...
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Muir Mathieson ...
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One dark summer night, Francesca Cunningham, a once world famed pianist, escapes from her hospital room and tries to commit suicide by jumping off a local bridge. She is rescued and taken back to the hospital and undergoes psychological treatment by Dr. Larsen. Larsen, desperately wants to know the events and persons who drove her to this state and help her. He makes Francesca talk about her past - a past with a controlling guardian, Nicholas, no friends, kept apart from the man she loved and forced to practice the piano 5-6 hours a day. Written by Kelly

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Is There Always a SEVENTH VEIL Between a Woman and the Men Who Love Her? See more »

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15 February 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der letzte Schleier  »

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£67,000 (estimated)
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According to James Mason's autobiography "Before I Forget", the original actor cast in the role of Nicholas was Francis L. Sullivan. See more »

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When Peter writes a note to Francesca in a nightclub, she turns it over and writes her reply on its back. But when Peter holds up the note to read her answer, its back is blank; his original note is missing. See more »

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Good Psychological Melodrama
21 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you like melodrama, check this one out. It is well-made and is acted with sincerity by some fine British actors who achieve great dramatic effect.

Piano music is secondary to the story and only small snippets of music are played. You will barely notice the piano because this movie is overwhelmingly a psychological drama. So much so that the psychiatrist is given almost super-human insight and ability. This is not a negative because it is not crackpot or over the top.

James Mason is outstanding and very believable in a cerebral, complex role. Think of the best James Mason performance you ever saw. This equals it, I guarantee. Ann Todd is solid and believable, although somewhat coldly distant from the audience, but that was her style. She stays in character and keeps it interesting.

Herbert Lom must have made a zillion movies, many obscure or trifling. However, this film proves that he was a first-rate actor. His performance here as the psychiatrist is very straight, serious and effective. You won't believe it is the same actor who was in those "Pink Panther" movies.

Note how the cave-like home of the artist ("Leyden") appears claustrophobic in comparison to the spacious comfort of the main mansion set. This, and the deliberate posing of Todd to look uncomfortable in Leyden's home are subtle examples of the high standard of care and planning that must have gone into this production.

This is high-caliber melodrama, not overdone but just interesting and effective.


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