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½ April 11, 2015
Lovely romantic film with a wonderful performance by Joan Fontaine and sold support from Charles Boyer & Alexis Smith; Erich Wolfgang Korngold's score adds much character to this beautiful motion picture.
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July 17, 2013
Very good. I hadn't seen a Peter Lorre film in awhile and although he is the supporting role here, he makes it a better one. Interesting interplay between Boyer and the two cousins...each seeking his heart. What decision will he make?
October 13, 2011
Impossible not to love this movie. A well deserved Oscar nomination for Joan Fontaine who gave an absolute brilliant and believable performance as a young girl in love with a man more than twice her age. I can say with complete confidence that a movie like this could never be duplicated today. A true Gem that will hit you hard.
½ September 22, 2011
this is the third versionof this-all star cast really makes this THE definitive version.
August 3, 2010
The Constant Nymph (1943) is based on Margaret Dean's 1924 novel; it was filmed twice before 1928 and 1933. The plot was substantially the same in all three versions: A self-absorbd European musician (Charles Boyer) is idolized by the daughter of an older mentor (Montague Love) and his four daughters, espically young Joan Fontaine (in her third Oscar nominated role) who is frail. Though he is fond of the girl, the composer opts for a marriage to her cousin (Alexis Smith) but does not find satisfaction as she pushes him socially. Peter Lorre, taking a respite from villainous roles, is quite effective as a philosophical family friend. Composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold wrote a wonderful score. (35mm print viewed at the Library of Congress, 2010.)
January 21, 2009
I love Joan Fontaine.
November 29, 2008
joan fontaine is probably the only actress that could play meek young women and awkward lady-child type characters. it must have had something to do with her ability to subsume her own physical beauty yet let an inner light shine out through the acting. she is at the peak of her acting powers in this film as she is in 'letter from an unknown woman'.
May 8, 2008
Ms. Fontaine is amazing in this one and shows why she earned that Oscar nomination, as a 26 year old she pulls off playing a 14 year old wonderfully. The story is great, but a bit strange for today's times. Charles Boyer is great as the love interest of Fontaine, Charles Coburn adds some much needed comic relief in his usual lovable uncle role, and its great to see Peter Lorre, for once, not be the villain. This is a tough one to come by, but thanks to Youtube its available to the public.
March 29, 2008
this is an excellent tearjerker. fontaine, at the height of her beauty as a woman, plays that down and gives a glowing, shimmering performance as tessa. boyer is the perfect idee fixe for her loverstruck character and the score korngold gave the film is reason enough to check it out. it's the true hollywood sound--sweeping strings, majestic brass figures and rich melodies suitable for plaigirizing by john williams and andrew lloyd webber.
December 23, 2007
Absolutely brilliant movie, such a sad ending though
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