6.2/10
761
18 user 4 critic

The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)

Nice, eccentric, idealistic and slightly mad Countess Aurelia, who believes that the good must prevail over evil, decides to stand up to corrupt powerful leaders of Paris in her own way, which grabs everyones attention.

Director:

Writers:

, (play) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Two young boys and an eccentric old woman who owns a junkyard work together to build a hot-air balloon in time to launch it on the birthday of one boy's late grandfather.

Director: Richard A. Colla
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Kevin McKenzie, Dennis Dimster
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A famous female flier and a member of Parliament drift into a potentially disastrous affair.

Director: Dorothy Arzner
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Colin Clive, Billie Burke
Spitfire (1934)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Mountain girl Trigger Hicks, a fierce loner equally handy with a rock or a prayer, is in danger of having her faith-healing mistaken for witchcraft by the neighbors. She shows a vulnerable ... See full summary »

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Robert Young, Ralph Bellamy
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In rural 1840's Scotland, Gavin Dishart arrives to become the new "little minister" of Thrums's Auld Licht church. He meets a mysterious young gypsy girl in the dens and to his horror ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Wallace
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, John Beal, Alan Hale
Certificate: GP Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The women of Troy face enslavement after the fall of their city.

Director: Mihalis Kakogiannis
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, Geneviève Bujold
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A well-to-do Connecticut family is upended when the grown daughter's godparents, seized by a nameless terror, decide they've come to live with them.

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Paul Scofield, Lee Remick
On the Double (1961)
Adventure | Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

At the time of the Invasion of Normandy, an American soldier is asked to impersonate a British General in order to confuse the Nazi spies and assassins in London.

Director: Melville Shavelson
Stars: Danny Kaye, Dana Wynter, Wilfrid Hyde-White
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Young freewheeling wanderer Jerry Day and his beautiful wife Toni are at odds over their lifestyle. Jerry can't accept responsibility but Toni yearns for a family and a settled life. Then ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Gary Cooper, Carole Lombard, Shirley Temple
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In the 1810s, an old maid poses as her own niece in order to teach her onetime beau a lesson.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Franchot Tone, Eric Blore
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Jacobowsky, a Jewish refugee, flees from the Nazis with an aristocratic, anti-semitic Polish officer trying to get papers to England. Jurgens learns to appreciate Kaye, despite their ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Glenville
Stars: Danny Kaye, Curd Jürgens, Nicole Maurey
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An employee at Diner's Club issues a credit card to a well-known mobster and has to retrieve it in order to keep his job.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Danny Kaye, Cara Williams, Martha Hyer
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Captain Vinka Kovelenko defects from Russia, but not for political reasons. She defects because she feels discriminated against as a woman. Captain Chuck Lockwood gets the order to show her... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Bob Hope, Katharine Hepburn, Noelle Middleton
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
The General
...
The Commissar
...
The Chairman
...
Roderick
...
Josephine
...
The Prospector
Joellina Smadja ...
Prospector's girlfriend
Henri Virlojeux ...
The Peddler
...
The Reverend
Gordon Heath ...
The Folk Singer
Nanette Newman ...
Irma
George Hilsdon ...
Waiter
Henri Cogan ...
Waiter
Gerald Sim ...
Julius
Edit

Storyline

Life is a Sunday in the park for Aurelia, a dotty Parisian countess. But sooner or later, Aurelia had to find out about the so-called sane world. Join her in a whimsical look at a topsy-turvy world...and at a handful of kooks crazy enough to care. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

With the world getting ready to blow itself up, look who's minding the store.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

30 October 1969 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

La loca de Chaillot  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In 1964, Norman Jewison was announced as director. See more »

Quotes

The Ragpicker: Countess if only you knew... Shall we tell her?... Nothing Countess, it's you that are hiding. You see, there was a time when old clothes were as good as new. In fact they were better because when people wore clothes they gave something to them. But that was a long time ago, Countess. Just as, there was a time when... when garbage was a pleasure. Oh, it smelled a little strange or seemed confused, that's because there was everything there. The smell of sardine, of iodine, cologone, roses. An ...
See more »

Connections

Version of Die Irre von Chaillot (1960) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Even More Out Of Place With The Passing Years
23 November 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Jean Giraudoux who wrote The Madwoman Of Chaillot became a prominent French writer in the years between the two World Wars and died in 1944 a year before this play made its debut on the French stage. Those who were occupying France at the time Giroudoux died would not have wanted this item shown to be sure as it is an indictment against the greed and thoughtlessness of the modern age and the ruthless people in positions of power.

Katharine Hepburn plays the title role, a picturesque old woman who dresses in pre-World War I fashion as an outward manifestation of her rejection of the modern age. She would have looked out of place in 1944, in 1969 she and her fellow senior citizen rebels Edith Evans and Margaret Leighton look even more so. Right at the beginning of the film the age is established for us showing the student protests that rocked France in the late Sixties and we see Kate her best 1913 fashion just gliding through it all.

While she rejects the changing times, some power people who you would not think of at first as allies are meeting at a Paris café plotting to really upset her world in a way she can't escape from. Charles Boyer, Oscar Homolka, Donald Pleasance, Paul Henreid, John Gavin, and Yul Brynner who seems to be taking the lead in the group have discovered that Paris is sitting on a bed of shale with oil deposits that would rival the Middle East as a source. That would certainly make France a power to be reckoned with. In fact Paul Henreid who is a French general makes note of the fact that France has gone its own way politically which at the time Charles DeGaulle was doing, separating himself from America and that accursed island nation Great Britain.

Of course the site of oil derricks in and around those colorful parts of Paris that have their own legend separate and apart from the city as a whole is something that Kate can't permit. The scheme is brought to her attention by a number of the citizens who have overheard bits and pieces at the café and were shooed away. Yul Brynner took an especial delight in doing this.

Hepburn and her fellow mad women formulate a plan and try these people in abstentia. Parisian street character Danny Kaye, the ragpicker who is as far down the economic scale from the conspirators as you can get offers a great defense for them as lawyers do for their clients, but it's a done deal. And she's got an interesting fate in store for them.

When The Madwoman Of Chaillot made it to Broadway in 1949-50 and won a Tony Award for Martita Hunt playing the title role, theater goers then knew of the great Kettleman Hills oil strike which was close to Los Angeles city limits. There are still parts of the area where you can see functioning oil derricks even today. The image of a gusher coming out of a derrick next to Notre Dame or the Arc De Triomphe was really in the minds of theatergoers back then.

Hepburn does well in the part showing that maybe The Madwoman Of Chaillot and her mad friends really have a lot more sense than we might give them credit for. They may have rejected the 20th Century, but they rejected the mass wars that characterized it and the all consuming quest for domination and profits above all. There's still beauty in Kate's world and she'll fight to preserve it.

The Madwoman Of Chaillot might be a bit quirky for some tastes, but Katharine Hepburn's fans will love it.


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?