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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 ... 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 Down a Woman's Mind See more »

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Drama | Music

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Trivia

Actor James Mason: "This was Sydney Box's and Ann Todd's film. But director Compton Bennett and I also profited from its success. 'Welcome' mats were spread out for us in Hollywood." See more »

Goofs

When Francesca performs in her first concert, she is wearing a small cross necklace. When she faints at the end of the concert, the necklace has inexplicably disappeared in the close-ups of her on the stage floor. 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 Helter Skelter (1949) See more »

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A psychologist attempts to lift the psychological veils of a disturbed young pianist.
27 January 1999 | by KelleyOSee all my reviews

This utterly enjoyable and utterly daft film tells the tale of a young suicidal pianist. As she slowly confides in her psychiatrist, she begins to understand what she needs to make herself whole and able to play the piano again--basically the love of a man. Which man--her domineering guardian uncle, her musician boyfriend, or the doctor--is only revealed once the last veil has been lifted.


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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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