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The Astonished Heart (1950)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 12 April 1950 (Denmark)
The film begins with a scene in which Barbara rings Leonora to tell her that something has happened to Chris. At this point, we don't know who Chris is or what has happened, only that he ... See full summary »

Writers:

Noël Coward (by) (as Noel Coward), Noël Coward (screenplay) (as Noel Coward)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Noël Coward ... Christian Faber (as Noel Coward)
Celia Johnson ... Barbara Faber
Margaret Leighton ... Leonora Vail
Joyce Carey ... Susan Birch
Graham Payn Graham Payn ... Tim Verney
Amy Veness Amy Veness ... Alice Smith
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ... Philip Lucas
Michael Hordern ... Ernest
Patricia Glyn Patricia Glyn ... Helen
Alan Webb Alan Webb ... Sir Reginald
Everley Gregg ... Miss Harper
John Salew John Salew ... Soames
Gerald Andersen Gerald Andersen ... Waiter
John Warren John Warren ... Barman
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Storyline

The film begins with a scene in which Barbara rings Leonora to tell her that something has happened to Chris. At this point, we don't know who Chris is or what has happened, only that he has lost conciousness. The film then flashes back a year, to when the old friends Barbara and Leonora meet again after having lost contact for many years. Time has not strained their relationship it seems, and Barbara invites Leonora to her house a few days later to meet her husband. Her husband Chris, a pompous, austere psychologist, gets off to a bad start with Leonora. The two despise each other until one night when Barbara has to leave town to look after her mother. Because of this, she is unable to go to the play she had arranged to go with Leonora to. Chris reluctantly decides to go in place of Barbara, and the two hit it off and begin a relationship. Written by Andy Prowse <souffle_tantrum@postmark.net>

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A daring experiment in love!

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1950 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Hjertets dårskab See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In later years, Noël Coward derided his performance in the film, referring to himself as "that splendid old Chinese character actress". See more »

Quotes

Christian Faber: The world I deal with is full of cruel stories.
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I liked it !
13 September 2010 | by naly202See all my reviews

i've just seen the movie and i enjoyed it. one shouldn't expect the shooting and love scenes that are so common in today's movies, the film has a certain classical perfume. although the action lacks violent events and all the characters behave calmly, the tension is present always, especially through music and landscape, a constant feeling that something bad is about to happen. there are some beautiful moments of interior struggle which are not expressed through words but through the glowing eyes or shadows on NC's or Celia Johnson's face. the lines are poetical in the well-known NC style and the music is beautiful. the movie is intense and personal.


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