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The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)

Nice, eccentric, idealistic and slightly mad Countess Aurelia, who believes that the good must prevail over evil, decides to stand up to corrupt powerful leaders of Paris by putting them on trial with 'unwashed masses' as the jury.

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Bryan Forbes

Writers:

Jean Giraudoux (play), Maurice Valency (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katharine Hepburn ... Countess Aurelia - the Madwoman of Chaillot
Paul Henreid ... The General
Oskar Homolka ... The Commissar
Yul Brynner ... The Chairman
Richard Chamberlain ... Roderick
Edith Evans ... Josephine
Donald Pleasence ... The Prospector
Joellina Smadja Joellina Smadja ... Prospector's Girlfriend
Henri Virlojeux Henri Virlojeux ... The Pedlar
John Gavin ... The Reverend
Gordon Heath Gordon Heath ... The Folksinger
Nanette Newman ... Irma
George Hilsdon George Hilsdon ... Waiter
Henri Cogan Henri Cogan ... Waiter
Gerald Sim ... Julius
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Storyline

Life is a Sunday in the park for Aurelia, a dotty Parisian countess. But sooner or later, Aurelia had to find out about the so-called sane world. Join her in a whimsical look at a topsy-turvy world...and at a handful of kooks crazy enough to care. Written by Anonymous

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With the world getting ready to blow itself up, look who's minding the store. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

31 October 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Louca de Chaillot See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Simone Signoret was originally announced for the role of Gabrielle. See more »

Quotes

Countess Aurelia: Say it. Say that you love him before it's too late. Let another moment witch between you and it will become a month, a year, a decade. Your hair will be white. His cuffs will be frayed. And there will be another madwoman in Chaillot. Say it. Before the music stops.
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Soundtracks

The Lonely Ones
Music by Michael J. Lewis
Lyrics by Gil King
Performed by Gordon Heath (uncredited)
[The Folksinger's song]
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A weird, but none the less engrossing movie
27 November 2001 | by Liza-19See all my reviews

You have to see this movie twice. The first time I saw it, I was disappointed. With such a fabulous cast you would expect something more than talk-politics-symbolism, but the second time I watched it I discovered I really loved it. Its theme is timeless and the film is of course, full of great performances.

The wonderful Katharine Hepburn carries the burden of this entire fiasco, and under any other actress's supervision, this would simply not have survived. It is not at all an easy thing to make this whole wacky plot stick together, and somehow she does it. If she has trouble at sometimes, it is certainly not her fault. The part is incredibly challenging, even for one of Hollywood's most brilliant actresses. (I'd like to see Meryl Streep try to tackle this one!) Brynnor, Gavin, Kaye and the rest all do good jobs, but the spectator can't help but ask, what are they doing in this movie? Richard Chamberlain is delightful and he and Katharine Hepburn really are the driving forces.

Yes, the themes are overdone, the film is talky, a little confusing, and even boring at times - but it still works and is well worth watching.


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