Director Charles Bennett
Music director Allan Gray
Genre Drama, Romance
Cinematography Desmond Dickinson
Country United States
|Release date September 20, 1950 (1950-09-20)|
Based on Madness of the Heart by Flora Sandstrom
Writer Flora Sandstrom (novel), Charles Bennett (screenplay)
Cast Margaret Lockwood (Lydia Garth), Paul Dupuis (Paul de Vandiere), Kathleen Byron (Verite Faimont), Maxwell Reed (Joseph Rondolet), Thora Hird (Rosa), Raymond Lovell (Paul's Father)
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Madness of the heart 1949 margaret lockwood
Madness of the Heart is a 1949 British drama film directed by Charles Bennett and starring Margaret Lockwood, Paul Dupuis and Kathleen Byron.
- Madness of the heart 1949 margaret lockwood
- Plot summary
- Critical reception
Lydia Garth meets Paul de Vandiere, a French nobleman, but their romance is plagued by Lydia's complaint of recurring spells of blurred vision. Paul leaves for France, promising to return and marry Lydia, but she loses her sight while he is gone. Given no hope of recovery, she enters a convent and quickly finds that she has no vocation for life in a nunnery. She finally marries Paul, but encounters strong opposition from Verite Faimont, a neighbor who is very fond of Paul. The latter constantly plots against Lydia and is successful in temporarily breaking up the marriage, but can a miracle of restored vision be seen?
The film was based on a novel by Flora Sandström published in 1941.
Charles Bennett was meant to make his directorial debut with a story about the murderous Madeleine Smith, Madeleine (1950); however he was replaced on that project by David Lean and given Madness of the Heart instead. Lockwood's casting was announced in August 1948.
Bennett claimed he "didn't even read" the script "until I was on my way back across the Atlantic to direct it, and then I wanted to throw up. But I had to make it. Margaret Lockwood was my star – a very good actress. And I had a fifty-five day shooting schedule. Everything was right about it except the story which was awful."
The film was shot over 12 weeks in early 1949 from January in April. Filming took place at Denham Studios in London and on location in the south of France in Aix-en-Provence at a castle belonging to the de Sabran family. Location filming was completed without the role of Lockwood's male lead being cast. Eventually French-Canadian actor Paul Dupuis was given the role.
Lockwood reportedly wore 28 different gowns created especially for the film. She also wore a borrowed diamond necklace worth ₤6,000.
Kathleen Byron was cast on the strength of her performance in Black Narcissus. She later recalled enjoying the filming but said it was hard work:
We did a lot of swimming around in a tank in the studio at Denham. I didn't actually do the riding sequences in the south of France; they had a young boy with a wig on them doing them. Margaret Lockwood wasn't very easy to work with. I know from other people she can be very charming and sweet but I'm afraid our relationship was never very cordial. Desmond Dickson was the cameraman.... and he said to me one say, 'You're only allowed close ups in profile or if your face is distorted in anger – but we're getting around it!' Margaret had a great deal of power then and she certainly influenced which takes or prints could be used.
According to Variety filming took place on schedule and under budget.
The film was not given a West End premiere. This was seen as a bad sign as to the film's quality because it meant critics did not review the movie. Nonetheless, trade papers called the film a "notable box office attraction" in British cinemas in 1949.
The film was not released in the USA until October 1950.
ReferencesMadness of the Heart Wikipedia
Madness of the Heart IMDb Madness of the Heart themoviedb.org