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    Noel Coward as a psychiatrist who falls indecently in love with his wife's old school chum.



    It's hard to know how I feel about this film. It's so bad, it's great!

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    Gosh....Has NOBODY seen this gem??




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    From answers.com

    With his previous collaborator David Lean busy on other own projects, Noel Coward had to rely on director Terence Fisher to bring his The Astonished Heart to the screen.



    Fisher and his stars - Celia Johnson, Margaret Leighton, and Coward himself - vividly convey the playwright's brittle, sophisticated view of the world. Coward stars as Christian Faber, a psychiatrist who falls in love with the much-younger Leonora Vail (Leighton). This means that Faber must convince himself that his blissful 10-year marriage to wife Barbara (Johnson) is truly at an end.



    Once he's made this compromise with his conscience, Faber further deteriorates into petulant jealousy when Leonora begins roaming. The surprise ending is all the more surprising because the audience is pulling for Faber (despite his emotional immaturity) and is hoping that he'll pull himself out of his self-imposed mess. In addition to writing and starring in The Astonished Heart, Noel Coward also composed the musical score.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wicked Lady View Post
    ... It's so bad...
    It's only bad because the original star chickened out.



    Michael Redgrave who may, or may not, have had psychological issues may have thought that playing an psychiatrist endangering his marriage with adultery was a little too risky and he exited the production. Coward, who had a financial stake in the production foolishly did his "duty", took over Redgrave's role and, in my opinion, ruined the film.

    I reckon the combination of Margaret Leighton and Michael Redgrave� two tall, sensitive, febrile actors� playing the illicit lovers could have been fantastic.

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    It is truly awful

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