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A forgotten gem of British cinema,
This review is from: The Seventh Veil [DVD]  (DVD)
Many people won't have heard of the Seventh Veil, despite its huge success on release, and in deed many younger viewers may not even be well acquainted with James Mason of Herbert Lom; partly because their style of acting has to some extent fallen out of fashion. This is a great pity. The film itself is a powerful portrayal of psychological distress and imperfect relationships of flawed people and as such as the potential to resonate with many of us. The darkness of the production is superbly achieved throughout in a stylised theatrical fashion. Lom and Mason put in superb performances. If you are only familiar with Lom through the Pink Panther films it may take you a little while to appreciate him as the insightful, clinical but caring psychiatrist and he treads the line of caring professionalism and emotional entanglement so elegantly that you are always uncertain where his path may lead. This must be one of Mason finest performances and for that reason alone makes the film worth watching. His own psychological scars are writ large and in deed perhaps a little clumsily so, but his role as a damaged character who despite his wealth struggles for happiness are beautifully portrayed.