“The human mind is like Salome at the beginning of her dance: hidden from the outside world by seven veils, layers of reserve.”
A suicidal concert pianist (Ann Todd) — raised by a demanding, enigmatic guardian (James Mason) — is hypnotized by a psychiatrist (Herbert Lom) who hopes to uncover the root of her neurosis.
- Flashback Films
- James Mason Films
- Mental Breakdown
- Mind Control and Hypnosis
The Seventh Veil was immensely popular upon its release, with British audiences attending screenings in droves. Today, it comes across as somewhat dated (the theme of hypnosis as a magic cure for one’s ills is especially laughable), but remains a compelling, almost compulsively watchable tale. Unfortunately, Todd was much too old to be playing her character at the age of 14 (a younger look-alike should have been used), though she’s fine in later scenes.
Meanwhile, Mason is as dark and brooding as always, and perfectly cast.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- An intriguing, well-told story of dominance, love, and psychosis
- Atmospheric cinematography
Yes, due to its historic popularity.