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The Seventh Veil

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6.71 h 29 min1946PG
This celebrated, Oscar-winning 1946 film by Compton Bennett is one of the all-time great psychological thrillers. A world famous pianist tries to commit suicide. Now, her psychiatrist must unravel the reason why. James Mason, Ann Todd & Herbert Lom star.
Directors
Compton Bennett
Starring
James MasonAnn ToddHerbert Lom
Genres
Drama
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Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Hugh Mcdermott
Studio
Screenbound Pictures
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4.5 out of 5 stars

154 global ratings

  1. 73% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 12% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 9% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 1% of reviews have 1 stars
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papapownallReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 October 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great piano film from the 1940s
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There is something magical about watching classic films. Our TV schedules are full to bursting with recent (last 20 years) B grade and C grade Hollywood drivel and seldom shows anything from earlier than the 1980s. I was pleased to see that Amazon Prime now has a number of monochrome films from the classic era of cinema and these are free for subscribers.
This 1946 film was the big hit of that year and tells the story of a young lady who achieves fame as a concert pianist. This is probably my favourite piano based film, it is engaging and endearing and beautifully shot and, unlike more modern films, the piano parts are long form rather than short snippets. The film also depicts mental illness and a suicide attempt which is reminiscent of Sylvia Plath. Sure some of the dialogue is a little stilted at times but that adds to the charm for me.
17 people found this helpful
Mike HeronReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 March 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very engaging. Held my interest.
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Ann Todd gives a great performance. Unusually, for movies depicting pianists (especially at this time) the camera keeps her completely in frame while she "plays" rather than cut away to show a close up of a professional pianist's hands. She does it very convincingly. Herbert Lom was born to play psychiatrists - a role he took up again later on TV as Dr Korda in the series, the Human Jungle.
5 people found this helpful
MacbethReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 February 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
A treat
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Really like this film. I had seen it before but happily had forgotten what happens in it. Stylish and well acted. I am a sucker for black & white films. As soon as I see, Gainsborough Films or Rank Organisation, the man with the gong! I am in heaven!! I am a fan of black and white photography too to me the only thing that colour films of photography adds is the colour. Any suspensful film cries out for black and white. It expects more from its audience somehow, not everything is given to you, you have to work harder for it
13 people found this helpful
Flossie16Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 March 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Dated Male Fantasy Fails to Diagnose Female Psyche.
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It was good to revisit this film and enjoy the never disappointing James Mason. Psychiatry has thankfully moved on since this scrpit was written. However the unsettling dynamic of control within sexual relationships remains sadly among us. Certainly this film should remain in the archive
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 July 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
A golden oldie, pity there are no subtitles.
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This film was a great success when first released and still stands up as a drama today. James Mason is the somewhat sinister guardian who takes charge of the orphaned Ann Todd's education and develops her career as a solo pianist. Eventually a psychological crisis develops and has to be resolved.

Fine photography and dramatic pacing typical of the best British films from this period.

Demoted one star due to lack of subtitles.
6 people found this helpful
lillianaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 April 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Really nice
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I have seen this film before and I was impressed by it. That was many many years ago. I saw it again and it is still very good film. I love it.
VIVReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 March 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
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GREAT FILM - WE WATCHED IT THIS AFTERNOON
3 people found this helpful
TenantReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 October 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Definitely re-watchable !
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This is one movie that I can find myself re-watching many times in the years to come ; I found it surprisingly moving. Definitely not Pygmalion ; more " Beauty and the Beast " to me , and were there not many times that Beauty was terrified of the Beast as Francesca was of Nicholas even as the bond between them was growing?

4 stars is because of the slightly abrupt ending ; I wanted another scene or a few lines more !
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