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Madeleine

Madeleine (1950)

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David Lean's Madeleine was inspired by a true story that rocked the English legal system to its foundations in the mid-19th century. Told in flashback, the film explains why aristocratic young Scotswoman Madeleine Smith (Ann Todd, then the wife of director Lean) is on trial for murder. The audience is apprised of Madeleine's illicit romance with deceptively charming Frenchman Emile L'Angelier (Ivan Desny), her futile attempts to break off the relationship, her "proper" betrothal to Englishman

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Drama, Classics

Stanley Haynes, Nicholas Phipps

Sep 7, 2004

Universal Pictures

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One of three films Lean made virtually as star vehicles for his wife Ann Todd. Here she manages to extend the range of her semi-hysterical screen personality into a flimsily forceful character who pits her amoral deviousness against... rigid hypocrisy.

November 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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This compelling character study is one of the three films David Lean made with his then wife Ann Todd.

April 19, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Murder underneath patrician façades

March 13, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

The script and direction are handled with amazing restraint, cleverly and carefully constructed, heightened by Todd's inherently enigmatic image.

November 6, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Well-made courtroom drama.

March 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Another piece of Lean excellence as he handles a story of dark romance and accusations of murder. It's a rare ambiguous story as we see what the court is told and yet nothing more. Whether she is guilty or not is entirely in our hands as the audience. We're not spoon fed and it works tremendously well. The romantic 1st half is well plotted and we can understand perfectly how Madeleine's affections change. It's a good old fashioned romance where love isn't enough. Other things such as respect, class and social standing must be considered. It's also great to see a film in which the man the parents approve of isn't some slimy arrogant social misfit. It intrigues and entertains but you can't expect much less from a Lean picture.
September 12, 2008
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