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The Seventh Veil (1945)

Approved | | Drama, Music | 15 February 1946 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Compton Bennett

Writers:

Muriel Box (original story), Sydney Box (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Mason ... Nicholas
Ann Todd ... Francesca
Herbert Lom ... Dr. Larsen
Hugh McDermott ... Peter Gay
Albert Lieven ... Maxwell Leyden
Yvonne Owen Yvonne Owen ... Susan Brook
David Horne ... Dr. Kendall
Manning Whiley Manning Whiley ... Dr. Irving
Grace Allardyce Grace Allardyce ... Nurse
Ernest Davies Ernest Davies ... Parker
John Slater ... James
Arnold Goldsborough Arnold Goldsborough ... Conductor
Muir Mathieson Muir Mathieson ... Conductor
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Storyline

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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It Dares Strip Bare a Woman's Mind See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El séptimo velo See more »

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Budget:

GBP67,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

James Mason and Ann Todd had an affair while working on the film, as disclosed by Todd to Sheridan Morley when he was writing his 1989 biography of Mason, "Odd Man Out". See more »

Goofs

Francesca is about to make her continental debut and her former school friend Susan visits before the concert. When Nicholas enters the dressing room, Susan is heard speaking while her reflection can be seen in a mirror behind Francesca (her spoken words aren't synchronized with her reflected image). See more »

Quotes

Dr. Larsen: Dr. Kendall, a surgeon doesn't operate without first taking off the patient's clothes, nor do we with the mind. You know what, uh, Staples says? The human mind is like Salome at the beginning of her dance, hidden from the outside world by seven veils: veils of reserve, shyness, fear. Now with friends, the average person will drop first one veil, then another, maybe three or four altogether. With a lover, she will take off five, or even six, but never the seventh. Never, you see the human mind ...
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Referenced in Broadway Danny Rose (1984) See more »

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A handsome choice for a midnight movie!
5 August 2007 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

I hadn't seen this for over 20 years until tonight: it was a well-made well acted atmospheric potboiler with a touch of Mills & Boon. But the range of emotions and a similar story I think were better displayed in Humoresque.

Young girl austere looking 35 yo Ann Todd grows up under the domination of her handsome guardian limping James "Svengali" Mason who brings out her talent as a (concert) pianist. She falls in love with a handsome American band leader, but the stress of her lifestyle leads to a breakdown and attempted suicide. Grey-haired psychologist handsome Herbert Lom is the man on a mission to help her recover her senses. There's plenty of brooding handsome b&w nitrate photography and splendidly ornate décor to complement all the passion and histrionics – this is a Woman's Picture par excellence! The only thing that let it down for me - and my daughter - was the last 5 minutes and the very contrived resolution, but it had to end somehow!

It must have been totally engrossing to my feminine side because the 90 minutes rushed by, but I'd also recommend it to blokes who appreciate decent competent films made at the time Britain was supposed to be on its knees and broke.


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