The Astonished Heart

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Time Out says

Intriguingly schematic account (based on Coward's own playlet) of a psychiatrist's sexual obsession with a good-time girl (Leighton), and the effect it has on his devoted, self-denying, sexless wife (Johnson) as it ultimately drives him to self-destruct by throwing himself off a high building. In its way it crystallises and criticises the conventional attitudes towards sex prevalent throughout British cinema in the immediate post-war period, and which Fisher was to turn upside-down in his vampire movies, where the neurotic female altruism represented here by Celia Johnson is transformed by the cathartic presence of Dracula into ravening sexuality.
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Release details

UK release:

1950

Duration:

89 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Terence Fisher, Antony Darnborough

Cast:

Joyce Carey, Margaret Leighton, Celia Johnson, Noël Coward, Graham Payn

Music:

Noël Coward

Production Designer:

Maurice Carter

Editor:

V Sagovsky

Cinematography:

Jack Asher

Screenwriter:

Noel Coward

Producer:

Antony Darnborough

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