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Cast

Countess Aurelia, the
Madwoman of Chailott
Broker
Dr. Jardin
Josephine, the
Madwoman of la Concorde
Reverend
General
Commissar
Constance, the
Madwoman of Passy
Gabrielle, the
Madwoman of Sulpice
Irma
Roderick
Chairman
Prospector
Ragpicker
Police Sergeant
The Folksinger
Julius
Protector's Girlfriend
Peddler
Deaf Mute
Juggler
Flower Girl
Communist Secretary


Credits

Director
Producer
Executive Producer
Associate Producer
Screenplay by
Based on the play by
As translated into English by
Cinematography by

Production Designer
Art Direction by
Set Decorator
Film Editing by
Sound Recordist
Sound Mixer
Musical Score
Orchestrator
Production Manager
Assistant Director
Costume Design by
Titles
Makeup Artist
Hair Stylist
Song The Lonely Ones by

Name

Katharine Hepburn
Charles Boyer
Claude Dauphin

Edith Evans
John Gavin
Paul Henreid
Oscar Homolka

Margaret Leighton

Giulietta Masina
Nanette Newman
Richard Chamberlain
Yul Brynner
Donald Pleasence
Danny Kaye
Fernand Grayey
Gordon Heath
Geral Sim
Joellina Smadja
Henri Virjoleux
Giles Segal
Gaston Palmer
Harriett Ariel,
Catherine Berg


Name

Bryan Forbes
Ely Landau
Henry T. Weinstein
Anthony B. Ungar
Edward Anhalt
Jean Giraudoux
Maurice Valency
Claude Renoir,
Burnett Guffey
Ray Simm
Georges Petitot
Dario Simoni
Roger Dwyre
Janet Davidson
Bill Daniels
Michael J. Lewis
Wally Scott
Henry Jacquillard
Louis-Alain Pitzeie
Rosine Delamare
Robert Ellis Films
Monique Archambault
Alex Archambault
Michael J. Lewis,
Gil King


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Film data

An Ely Landau-Bryan Forbes Production
A Commonwealth United Corporation Film
A Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Picture
132 minutes
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


Synopsis

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.


Critics' reviews

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

In treatment


What fellow actors, the director and friends had to say

Tennessee Williams
"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!"


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