A young James Mason molds a distant relative into a world-class pianist (Ann Todd). The film begins in the present with Francesca (Ann Todd) being hypnotized by a psychiatrist to probe her fear of injury to her hands. Through flashbacks the story of an orphaned young girl and a controlling guardian is told amid beautiful piano music. I loved the focus of Beethoven's Adagio from the Pathetique as well as the ever popular Rachmaninoff 2nd piano concerto. The title, "The Seventh Veil" refers to each level of disclosure a person reveals about themselves. The psychiatrist must reveal the last and most deep..."The Seventh Veil". Superb acting and wonderful music make this film at the top of my list of classics. Ann Todd is especially withdrawn and emotionless dealing with her guardian, James Mason. James Mason is quite handsome and sometimes infuriating. Turn off your phone and curl up with this magnetic movie, you won't be disappointed!! (It won a best original screenplay oscar in 1946).
James Mason, Herbert Lom, Ann Todd, Hugh McDermott, Albert Lieven