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David Lean's Madeleine was inspired by a true story that rocked the English legal system to its foundations in the mid-19th century. Told in flashback, the film explains why aristocratic young Scotswoman Madeleine Smith (Ann Todd, then the wife of director Lean) is on trial for murder. The audience is apprised of Madeleine's illicit romance with deceptively charming Frenchman Emile L'Angelier (Ivan Desny), her futile attempts to break off the relationship, her "proper" betrothal to Englishman William Minnoch (Norman Wooland), and the murder by poison of the… More

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"One of three films Lean made virtually as star vehicles for his wife Ann Todd. Here she manages to extend the range of her semi-hysterical screen personality into a flimsily forceful character who pits her amoral deviousness against... rigid hypocrisy."
‑ , Time Out
"The script and direction are handled with amazing restraint, cleverly and carefully constructed, heightened by Todd's inherently enigmatic image."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This compelling character study is one of the three films David Lean made with his then wife Ann Todd."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Well-made courtroom drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Murder underneath patrician façades"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
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