The Madwoman of Chaillot (film)
|The Madwoman of Chaillot|
|Directed by||Bryan Forbes|
|Produced by||Ely A. Landau
Anthony B. Unger
|Written by||Edward Anhalt
Jean Giraudoux (play)
|Music by||Michael J. Lewis|
|Edited by||Roger Dwyre|
|Commonwealth United Entertainment|
|Distributed by||Warner Brothers/Seven Arts|
|Release date(s)||12 October 1969|
|Running time||132 min|
The Madwoman of Chaillot is a 1969 American satirical comedy-drama film made by Commonwealth United Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros.-Seven Arts. It was directed by Bryan Forbes and produced by Ely A. Landau with Anthony B. Unger as associate producer. The screenplay was by Edward Anhalt, adapted by Maurice Valency from the celebrated play La Folle de Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux, via the English adaptation The Madwoman of Chaillot. The music score was by Michael J. Lewis and the cinematography by Burnett Guffey and Claude Renoir.
The film stars Katharine Hepburn with Paul Henreid, Oskar Homolka, Yul Brynner, Richard Chamberlain, Edith Evans, Donald Pleasence, John Gavin, Margaret Leighton, Charles Boyer, Nanette Newman, Claude Dauphin, Fernand Gravey, Gilles Ségal, Danny Kaye, and Giulietta Masina.
A musical version of the play entitled Dear World with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, and starring Angela Lansbury, opened on Broadway in 1969. This film would mark the last screen appearance of Danny Kaye, who would leave the movies for TV roles.
The story is of a modern society endangered by power and greed and the rebellion of the "little people" against corrupt and soulless authority.
A group of four prominent men, The General (Paul Henreid), The Commissar (Oskar Homolka), The Chairman (Yul Brynner) and The Prospector (Donald Pleasence) discuss how they can increase their fortunes. The Prospector tells them that there is oil in the middle of Paris and they resolve to acquire the rights with or without the consent of the people of Paris. Countess Aurelia (Katharine Hepburn), the "madwoman" of the title, learns of this plan to drill for oil under the very streets of her district from Roderick (Richard Chamberlain) an activist and The Ragpicker (Danny Kaye). She enlists the help of her friends, a motley crew of "little people" who include the "madwomen" of neighbouring districts, Constance, the Madwoman of Passy (Margaret Leighton), Gabrielle, the Madwoman of St. Sulpice (Giulietta Masina). A trial takes place in the Countess' cellar presided over by Aurelia's friend Josephine (Edith Evans), the Madwoman of La Concorde as judge and the Ragpicker as the lawyer for the defense.
- Katharine Hepburn - Countess Aurelia, the Madwoman of Chaillot
- Charles Boyer - The Broker
- Claude Dauphin - Dr. Jadin
- Margaret Leighton - Constance, the Madwoman of Passy
- Edith Evans - Josephine, the Madwoman of La Concorde
- John Gavin - The Reverend
- Giulietta Masina - Gabrielle, the Madwoman of Sulpice
- Paul Henreid - The General
- Oscar Homolka - The Commissar
- Nanette Newman - Irma
- Richard Chamberlain - Roderick
- Yul Brynner - The Chairman
- Donald Pleasence - The Prospector
- Danny Kaye - The Ragpicker
- Fernand Gravey - Police sergeant
- Gordon Heath - The Folksinger
- Gerald Sim - Julius
- Gilles Segal - Deaf Mute