Veil of Happiness was based on a novel by former French prime minister Georges Clemenceau. Based on an ancient Chinese legend, the story suggests that people would be much happier if they (literally) turned a blind eye to the failings of others. The central character is a sightless aristocrat, who at the beginning of the story is approached for a handout by an ex-convict. In flashback, the convict recounts the incidents which led to his present sorry state, which of course are interpreted differently in the "mind's eye" of the wealthier man. The aristocrat later has his sight restored, only to gouge out his own eyes when he discovers that the world isn't what he imagined it would look like. It was all very artistic, and not a little confusing, but films like Veil of Happiness always managed to find an audience within the chi-chi "art house" circles of the era.
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