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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 and screenplay), Sydney Box (original story and screenplay)
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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 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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Is There Always a SEVENTH VEIL Between a Woman and the Men Who Love Her? 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:

£67,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The soft focus ending was due to a flaw spotted on the rushes and being unable to re shoot due to James Mason already on his way to America. See more »

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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 »

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Great melodramatic classic.
21 August 2009 | by psccrealock34See all my reviews

This is a true classic. If you can appreciate a film as a work of art, regardless of whether it represents the genre you like, then this will be in your list of great movies. Like all movies about relationships between men and woman, it will be open season for the kooks trying to work off their own personal problems, but take it at its face value. Ignore the political correctness parasites and appreciate the movie.

James Mason's portrayal of a man who was hiding from the world but eventually found something to bring him back into it - a flawed but selfless love - is a work of genius. Ann Todd is excellent also, as the young girl who becomes a famous pianist under his direction. Herbert Lom, playing the character role of a psychiatrist, is brilliant.

It is a melodrama, but very, very well done, with great acting.


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