Madeleine

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Released 1950

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Director:
David Lean
Released:
1950
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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. The film is told in flashback, the film explains why aristocratic young Scotswoman Madeleine Smith is on trial for murder. The audience is apprised of Madeleine's illicit romance with deceptively charming Frenchman Emile L'Angelier her futile attempts to break off the relationship, her "proper" betrothal to Englishman William Minnoch and the murder by poison of the now-inconvenient L'Angelier. The jury's verdict was as controversial in 1950 as it had been a century earlier. David Lean and scenarists Stanley Haynes and Nicholas Phipps refuse to take sides, permitting the viewers to draw their own conclusions about the notorious Madeleine.

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Legal, Historical, Classics