- The Seventh Veil review by RhysH
The opening crashing chords of Benjamin Frankel's score sets the tone for this film, a deliciously over the top psychological drama from 1945.
The seventh veil is the last vestige of privacy to a woman, it needs to be removed to reveal the inner workings of a woman's mind. Or so it is according to Dr Larsen (Herbert Lom) determined to identify why concert pianist Francesca Cunningham (Ann Todd) attempted suicide. To emphasise the validity of his theory Lom places on or removes his pince nez at appropriate moments.
Ann Todd shows two emotions, over excited happiness and utter despair. She does both with aplomb.
James Mason playing her guardian and Svengali like mentor plays his part with studied menace.
The "happy" ending is futile and unconvincing.
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