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- Theresa Rouse
Love this movie! One of my favorites. It's been awhile since it has been shown on TCM. Anxiously waiting to see it again. I love the acting, especially Ann Todd as Madeleine and the very handsome Ivan Desny as Emile whom I fell in love with. I find this true story very intriguing. Great Movie!! Five Star for sure!!
Ann Todd-- Enchantress
Fine drama based upon an actual Scottish Victorian Era scandal shows to perfection the genteel touch and obsession with detail of legendary director David Lean. The revelation here is the artistry of Ann Todd who was in early middle age at the time that this film was made ,yet convincingly portrays a very young and naive woman with a multi-faceted and disturbingly realistic characterization--dependent upon yet fearful of her flinty unemtional father, enraptured with her first real love and secret suitor (the bounder--Emille), rebellious against the constraints of her father's expectations, part femme fatal, part naive child. She comes to admire and grow fond of the upstanding young man chosen by her father but lacks the experience and will power to deal with the manipulative fortune hunter Emillle. The courtroom scenes were as suspenseful as the interpersonal and societal relationships were intriguing--one of the best defenses of murder by poisoning in full forensic detail which I have ever seen captured on film. The story centers upon the consumate acting skill of Ann Todd whose delicate beauty and depth of portrayal beguiles and fascinates minute by minute. The ending alone is worth the time spent in viewing. Too bad Sir David and Ms. Todd (who were cousins and husband and wife) are no longer with us.
- Bruce C
A fantastic British vehicle that wastes no time with fluid - driven movement throughout the film. There is a definitive reality when Madeline (Ann Todd) is brought up a set of stairs to trial and the old man - perhaps the bailiff that continually allows the door to drop and slam shut. There is a lot of crafted suspense that comes with the cast and camera work. The cliff hanger ending adds to the dramatics. This film cannot be placed into the working's of today's time period, is absurd to attempt such. A very good film.
- daniel soroky
This is a fine Victorian mood piece with great acting and a superb script. The prosecutor and defense attorney are both convincing, as they always are in great courtroom scenes. Mrs. Todd is mesmerizing. I view some negative reviews of this movie to be ridiculous. You don't see such superb acting and great dialogue very often. This movie, in my opinion, was well worth preserving and should be issued on DVD.
I was completely wrapped up in this movie...got to the last part of the trial and just before the verdict, my Dvr didnt record the finale. Please play this movie again so I can see the ending.
Missed the very last of it
- Sandy Raney
This movie was fascinating...only my DVR cut off the very last of the movie and I had to google it to see how it came out. Literally the last five minutes. I heard it was sort of like the Casey Anthony case, not enough evidence to convict but hope it will be on again so I can catch the end. How frustrating was that! David Lean's early movies were the best! Especially the ones with Trevor Howard.
I too loved this movie and got caught up in the trial but sadly I too had a power outage and did not get to see the end! would love to see it played again in the evening hours so we all can enjoy it. Anyone want to tell me how it ended? argh..
Madeleine (1950) Directed by David Lean
I watched this movie for the first time when you showed it a couple of weeks ago. I was completely drawn into the movie. First there was the dilemma that Ann Todd's character found herself in with her overbearing father and her fear of his disapproval. Then there was the dilemma that her French lover, found himself in; loving Madeleine, yet longing for the life that the upperclass Smith family had. I had never heard of Ivan Desny who played her lover, Emile, but was taken with his good looks and acting abilities. He made you feel sorry for him for the way he had to sneak around to see Madeleine, yet at the same time you feel contempt for his manipulation of Madeleine. Then there was the excellent directing of David Lean. The scene where the two lovers danced on top of a hilltop overlooking a lake; the rain and snow that Emile waited in to see Madeleine. The focus on the clock, the window where he came at night, the cup of cocoa, the maid sleeping in the kitchen so that Madeleine and Emile could have her bedroom. Then finally Emile staggering home in agony from poison, the courtroom scenes using flashbacks to show the evidence for and against Madeleine having murdered her lover. The movie so intrigued me that I am looking for the movie on dvd, and also a book about the strange case of Madeleine. I notice that you do replay some of the more outstanding movies over several times in a year. How about putting this one on that list. I would love to see it again real soon. I give the movie 5 stars.
I had the pleasure to first view this film on March 25, 2010. I found it to be very enjoyable. The black and white cinematography was excellent. Both the lead and supporting roles were very well done. I had not heard of this film, and was pleasantly suprised in becoming enveloped in the gradual transition from interesting romance to dark tragedy. I hope this film will be released on dvd soon.
I came across this movie 3/4 through and was caught up in the story immediately. I would love to see it in its entirety. Great movie.
- Alice Lahnstein
This perfectly terrific David Lean movie was shown ONCE in this decade, at 4:00 PM on a Friday when few people can be at home watching films. It is not available on home video. WHY???? Could you at least show it at an hour when it might have an audience or offer it for purchase?
Why isn't this movie on dvd
- robert novarro
The cool and reserved Ann Todd finds herself accused of murder and on trial for her life. Miss Todd gives a magnificent portrayal of a woman caught in a trap of passion.
"Did she or Didn't She?
I LOVE this movie! what more could you want? The beautiful,cold,"ethereal" Ann Todd,and a great story' and it's a true story! I don't know why the critics didn't like this one?But every time this movie is on I'm completely "riveted"by Ann Todds' excellent performance. This movie reminds me of Hitchcocks The Parridine Case which I also LOVED. Don't miss this one!
Ann Todd As Madeleine: It Deserves Another Look
When one first views the film Madeleine (1950), one suspects another well made British drama. Between the magnificent home, overbearing father, and beautiful costumes, one is lulled into a false sense of mediocrity and security. David Lean directs his then-wife, Ann Todd, in a haunting mystery which unfolds in front of you like a fine piece of Chinese silk. Todd, (Madeleine), has a haunting and ethereal look. Accused of poisoning her lover, Todd is more concerned about wearing her dress correctly than the death sentence. She gives new meaning to the term "poker face." To the powers-that-be at TCM, this film merits many more showings. Todd, and the entire cast turn in fine performances.
Play it again
- Cal Colvin
Didn't get to see all of Madeliene due to power outage. Please show it again so we can see the ending.
I've only seen this movie once. It was early morning and I was late to an appointment because I just had to see how it all came out. I do not claim to be an expert of any kind. I just know what I like and I was completely taken by this movie. It reminds one of The Heiress with Olivia de Havilland-which I also love. I had never even heard of this movie. TCM...please, Please, PLEASE play this one again!!!