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The Seventh Veil (1945)

The Seventh Veil (1945)

The Seventh Veil





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Ann Todd stars as an amnesiac mental patient, Francesca Cunningham, who hopes that psychiatrist Dr. Larsen (Herbert Lom) will help her lift the veils of her memory. In a series of flashbacks counterpointed by a lush piano concerto background score, Francesca discovers that she has been a victim of the cruelties of others all her life. Only Nicholas (James Mason), an embittered, crippled musician, has ever shown her any compassion, training the girl to become a top concert pianist. Even he turned on Francesca when she becomes romantically involved with other men, but as the flashbacks end, Francesca arrives at a startling realization about Nicholas's true feelings for her. Filmed on a shoestring, The Seventh Veil rang in as the biggest British box-office success of 1946. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
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Written By: Muriel Box, Sydney Box
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James Mason
as Nicholas
Ann Todd
as Francesca Cunningham
Herbert Lom
as Dr. Larson
Albert Lieven
as Maxwell Leyden
Hugh McDermott
as Peter Gay
Yvonne Owen
as Susan Brook
David Horne
as Dr. Kendal
Manning Whiley
as Dr. Irving
Muir Mathieson
as Conductor
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All Critics (1)

Infused with Freudian psychology, which was popular at the time, this Oscar-winning amnesia melodrama is very well acted by James Mason as the Svengali-like figure and Ann Todd as his pianist protege.

Full Review… | July 22, 2012

Audience Reviews for The Seventh Veil

A dark brooding James Mason imbues The Seventh Veil with tons of dramatic tension. Mason is the guardian for a gifted pianist. When she begins to form attachments that threaten her art, Mason is ruthless. Eventually, she breaks away from Mason, but she suffers a nervous breakdown. Her psychiatrist analyzes her and assembles a small group of her closest friends and lovers. When the shrink asks her to select the one with whom she wishes to maintain a relationship - her seventh veil falls away revealing a shocking reality. This film electrified audiences in the immediate postwar period. It is the second most popular film in the history of Great Britain surpassed only by Gone With the Wind. This film established Mason as the top box office idol in the world, a status he maintained for years that permitted him to move into Hollywood where he had his pick of character roles for the rest of his life.

michael carmichael

Well-made and acted but I was not happy with the story. It went from creepy good to creepy bad and not believable. The ending just ruined it from me. I thought Nicholas was gay!

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