The Seventh Veil is a 1945 British melodramatic film made by Sydney Box Productions and distributed by Universal Pictures.
Francesca Cunningham (played by Ann Todd) is a suicidal, amnaesiac, mental patient being treated by Dr. Larsen (Herbert Lom). Larsen leads her to describe her life so he can investigate the events that brought her to attempt suicide. The film largely consists of a series of flash-backs in which Francesca talks about her life, removing successive “veils” to recover memories.
Francesca discovers she has had a difficult life and been abused by many. Only her second cousin and guardian Nicholas, a crippled musician (played by James Mason), has ever shown her compassion, though he is jealous, faintly sadistic and has relentlessly driven her on to practice the piano and avoid romantic entanglements. When she does become interested in another man, she becomes involved in a car crash with him and severely burns her hands.
During the therapy, Francisca discovers who her real love is.
The film score was written by Benjamin Frankel (credited as Ben Frankel). In addition, original piano works by Chopin, Mozart, and Beethoven are heard, and Francesca plays parts of the Grieg and Rachmaninoff 2nd piano concertos.
Eileen Joyce played all the piano music, recorded a short film for Ann Todd to use to practise to, coached Todd personally in her arm movements, and it is Joyce's hands that are seen in the close-ups, but her name does not appear in the credits.