Countess Aurelia, the
Madwoman of Chailott
Madwoman of la Concorde
Madwoman of Passy
Madwoman of Sulpice
Based on the play by
As translated into
Art Direction by
Film Editing by
Costume Design by
Song The Lonely Ones by
Henry T. Weinstein
Anthony B. Ungar
Michael J. Lewis
Robert Ellis Films
Michael J. Lewis,
VHS / DVD
An Ely Landau-Bryan Forbes Production
A Commonwealth United Corporation Film
A Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Picture
Produced: March 1968-Summer 1968
Filmed at the Victorine Studios - Nice - France
and at the French Rivera - Villefrance-sur-Mer - Alpes-Maritimes - France
Premiere: October 12, 1969
Aurelia, the Madwoman of Chaillot, an eccentric countess, is stunned to learn that the world is an unhappy place. She immediately hits upon a unique plan for doing away with a group of war-minded capitalists who wish to convert the beautiful city of Paris into a giant oil field. She confides with her closest friends, Josephine, Constance and Gabrielle - madwomen all - and, together with some of her friends from the streets, holds a mock trial in the catacombs of her large house. Having previously convinced each conspirator that there is oil under her house, Aurelia pits them against one another and, later, leads the entire group to the lower depths for a glimpse of the oil reserve.
Lloyd Ibert - Independent Film Journal - 1969
"Katharine Hepburn and an all-star cast in an elaborate but flat rendition of Jean Giraudoux's witty French fantasy about a mad Countess who rids the world of its evils....The decision to update the play, contemporizing the evils the dotty Countess Aurelia destroys, has given an earthbound heaviness to what was originally an enchanted, whimsical conceit. Katharine Hepburn, in the title role, only adds to the discomforting reality; her characterization is far too sensible a person to be living in the past."
What Kate had to say
What fellow actors, the director and friends had to say
"Kate Hepburn was just not quite old enough or mad enough to suggest the charisma of lunacy."
Richard Chamberlain - Shattered Love: A Memoir - 2003
"We were filming during the student riots in France and she was adamantly against all this student uproar. She thought they were just terrible for disturbing the peace. One day they filmed this riot scene from a very high crane. She was up in the crane, watching, and when Bryan [Forbes] said 'Cut,' the kids were caught up in this incredible power of a mob and they kept throwing the rocks. Finally we got them all calmed down and the crane descended slowly and Kate stepped off and said, 'You know what? Riots can be fun!"