Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948)
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Perhaps the finest American film from the famed European director Max Ophüls, the film stars Joan Fontaine as a young woman who falls in love with a concert pianist. Set in Vienna in 1900, the story is told in a complex flashback structure as the pianist, Stefan Brand (Louis Jourdan), comes upon a letter written to him by Lisa Berndl (Fontaine), a girl who has been in love with him for years. Stefan is in the process of fleeing Vienna on the eve of fighting a duel. As he prepares himself for the
Apr 28, 1948 Limited
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Of all the cinema's fables of doomed love, none is more piercing than this.
A breathtaking, bitter, exquisitely orchestrated exploration of love and selfishness by Max Ophuls.
[Max] Ophuls' first personal project in Hollywood and he injects this exquisitely stylish romantic melodrama with his continental sensibility.
One of Hollywood's, and cinema's, grandest and most emotionally satisfying tales of unrequited love and self-sacrifice.
Does the job of the perfect melodrama and moves the audience to tears.
In the hands of Max Ophuls, the stuff of penultimate melodrama becomes the stuff of exquisite observation and contemplation.
Gorgeously mounted Ophuls film.
An atmospheric and unsettling mix of European style and Hollywood muscle, this is a beautifully shot and thought-provoking film about lost love.
Beneath the film's beauty lies the type of love that obsessed Ophuls: the unsuccessful kind.
Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948) is the classic romantic film - a lush tearjerker par excellence - of the bittersweet theme of unrequited, lost love
Watching it is like finding a locket you thought you had lost, one which contains the picture of someone who once broke your heart.
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