• United Kingdom
  • 1945
  • 110 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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A lurid tale of sex and psychosis, Madonna of the Seven Moons, directed by Arthur Crabtree, is among the wildest of the Gainsborough melodramas. Set in Italy, it begins as a comparatively sedate tale about a respectable, convent-raised woman (Phyllis Calvert) who is haunted by the memory of being raped as a teenager. But when her grown daughter returns from school, her life begins to unravel in monumentally surprising ways.

Credits

DirectorArthur Crabtree
ProducerR. J. Minney
From the novel The Madonna of the Seven Moons byMargery Lawrence
ScreenplayRoland Pertwee
CinematographyJack Cox
EditorLito Carruthers
Art directorAndrew Mazzei
CostumesElizabeth Haffenden
Religious scenes supervised byFather Carey
Music directionLouis Levy

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