Madeleine

1950, Drama, 1h 41m

6 Reviews 100+ Ratings

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Madeleine Smith (Ann Todd), the beautiful eldest daughter of a wealthy Glasgow family, begins an illicit love affair with the charming Emile (Ivan Desny), a working-class Frenchman. When she begins to suspect that Emile loves her only for her money and social status, Madeleine agrees to marry the man her iron-fisted father (Leslie Banks) approves of, wealthy and respectable William Minnoch (Norman Wooland). When Emile dies suddenly, suspicion points to Madeleine as his murderer.

Cast & Crew

Ann Todd
Madeleine Smith
Norman Wooland
William Minnoch
Ivan Desny
Emile L'Anglier
Leslie Banks
James Smith
Edward Chapman
Dr. Thompson
Andre Morell
Dean of Falcuty
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Critic Reviews for Madeleine

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (1)

  • 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…
  • The film is beautifully, elegantly made, but Lean has committed a crime far worse than technical blunders: that of taking a live story and robbing it of all feeling and humanity, so that what is served up on the screen is cold, remote and intolerable.

    January 23, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This compelling character study is one of the three films David Lean made with his then wife Ann Todd.

    April 19, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Murder underneath patrician faades

    March 13, 2010 | Full Review…
  • The script and direction are handled with amazing restraint, cleverly and carefully constructed, heightened by Todd's inherently enigmatic image.

    November 6, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Well-made courtroom drama.

    March 25, 2007 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • The film is beautifully, elegantly made, but Lean has committed a crime far worse than technical blunders: that of taking a live story and robbing it of all feeling and humanity, so that what is served up on the screen is cold, remote and intolerable.

    January 23, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This compelling character study is one of the three films David Lean made with his then wife Ann Todd.

    April 19, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Murder underneath patrician faades

    March 13, 2010 | Full Review…
  • The script and direction are handled with amazing restraint, cleverly and carefully constructed, heightened by Todd's inherently enigmatic image.

    November 6, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Well-made courtroom drama.

    March 25, 2007 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Madeleine

  • Sep 12, 2008
    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.
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