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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 by putting them on trial with 'unwashed masses' as the jury.


Bryan Forbes


Jean Giraudoux (play), Maurice Valency (adaptation) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Katharine Hepburn ... Countess Aurelia - the Madwoman of Chaillot
Paul Henreid ... The General
Oskar Homolka ... The Commissar
Yul Brynner ... The Chairman
Richard Chamberlain ... Roderick
Edith Evans ... Josephine
Donald Pleasence ... The Prospector
Joellina Smadja Joellina Smadja ... Prospector's Girlfriend
Henri Virlojeux Henri Virlojeux ... The Pedlar
John Gavin ... The Reverend
Gordon Heath Gordon Heath ... The Folksinger
Nanette Newman ... Irma
George Hilsdon George Hilsdon ... Waiter
Henri Cogan Henri Cogan ... Waiter
Gerald Sim ... Julius


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

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The only one of Katharine Hepburn's four films during the 1960s (including Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) and The Lion in Winter (1968)) for which she wasn't Oscar-nominated. See more »


Countess Aurelia: Say it. Say that you love him before it's too late. Let another moment witch between you and it will become a month, a year, a decade. Your hair will be white. His cuffs will be frayed. And there will be another madwoman in Chaillot. Say it. Before the music stops.
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Version of La folle de Chaillot (1976) See more »


The Lonely Ones
Music by Michael J. Lewis
Lyrics by Gil King
Performed by Gordon Heath (uncredited)
[The Folksinger's song]
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Visually stunning build-up
27 April 2000 | by thehumanduvetSee all my reviews

The first hour of this film amazed me, it's a visual treat, especially the cafe scenes with Brynner, Pleasance et al talking weird, and Chamberlain and the whacky bomb-plot; towards the end it does tend to get a little bogged down in meaningfulness, the trial scene loses some impact from being overindulgent, but overall the Madwoman is a fascinating look at sixties idealism with eye opening performances from some top stars and enough zany weirdness in the script to keep a David Lynch fan happy. Well worth a look, in my book.

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Release Date:

31 October 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Louca de Chaillot See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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