Arthur Crabtree

Madonna of the Seven Moons

Madonna of the Seven Moons

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.

Film Info

  • Arthur Crabtree
  • United Kingdom
  • 1945
  • 110 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English

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Eclipse Series 36: Three Wicked Melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures

Eclipse Series 36: Gainsborough Melodramas

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Madonna of the Seven Moons
Cast
Phyllis Calvert
Maddalena
Stewart Granger
Nino
Patricia Roc
Angela
Peter Glenville
Sandro
John Stuart
Guiseppe
Reginald Tate
Ackroyd
Peter Murray Hill
Logan
Dulcie Gray
Nesta
Alan Haines
Evelyn
Hilda Bayley
Mrs. Fiske
Evelyn Darvell
Millie
Nancy Price
Mama Barucci
Jean Kent
Vittoria
Credits
Director
Arthur Crabtree
Producer
R. J. Minney
From the novel The Madonna of the Seven Moons by
Margery Lawrence
Screenplay
Roland Pertwee
Cinematography
Jack Cox
Editor
Lito Carruthers
Art director
Andrew Mazzei
Costumes
Elizabeth Haffenden
Religious scenes supervised by
Father Carey
Music direction
Louis Levy

From The Current

Eclipse Series 36: Three Wicked Melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures
Eclipse Series 36: Three Wicked Melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures

British wartime audiences ate up these rule-breaking costume pictures—entertainments for a populace seeking escapism.

By Michael Koresky

On Film / Essays — Oct 9, 2012