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Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)

Letter from an Unknown Woman
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Joan Fontaine Joan Fontaine
Lisa Berndle
Louis Jourdan Louis Jourdan
Stefan Brand
Mady Christians Mady Christians
Frau Berndle
Marcel Journet Marcel Journet
Johann Stauffer
Art Smith Art Smith
John
Carol Yorke Carol Yorke
Marie
Howard Freeman Howard Freeman
Herr Kastner
John Good John Good
Lt. Leopold von Kaltnegger


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Howard Koch Howard Koch
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Stefan Zweig Stefan Zweig
(novella)


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An average movie

3 years, 2 months ago at May 18 22:06
Honestly, I really had a hard time with this flick. I actually had never heard of it and saw it above all because it it was included in the ‘1001 movies you must see before you die’ list. I don’t know, maybe I wasn’t in the right mood when I watched it. Basically, it is an uber-romantic tale about a doomed love story and, right from the start, they make sure you won’t have any hope that ... read more

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2 months ago at May 21 20:45
Ophuls at his best of two worlds. Hollywood straight to the facts storytelling, with european decadence (musical and of manners and honor), and wonderful filming. Jourdan is the real unknown, Fontaine is everything.
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In Vienna, about 1900, a dashing man arrives at his flat, instructing his manservant that he will leave before morning: the man is Stefan Brand, formerly a concert pianist, planning to leave Vienna to avoid a duel. His servant gives him a letter from an unknown woman, which he reads. In flashbacks we see the lifelong passion of Lisa Berndle for him.
Release date: 13 September 1948
Tags: 1940s (7), 1948 (6), Drama (5), Voyeurism (4), Obsession (4), Music (3), Romance (3), Typhus (3), Musician (2), Love (2), Harp (2), Quarantine (2), Switzerland (2), 40's (2), Based On Novel (2), (2), B&w (2), Usa (2), 1940's (2), Hospital (1)
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fernando posted a review 2 months ago

“Ophuls at his best of two worlds. Hollywood straight to the facts storytelling, with european decadence (musical and of manners and honor), and wonderful filming. Jourdan is the real unknown, Fontaine is everything.” read more

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"Max Ophuls's 1948 tearjerker tells the story of the unspoken love of a woman (Joan Fontaine) for her neighbor (Louis Jourdan)."


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"“A shot that does not call for tracks/ Is agony for poor old Max,/ Who, separated from his dolly,/ Is wrapped in deepest melancholy./ Once, when they took away his crane,/ I thought he’d never smile again.” The actor James Mason’s tribute in verse acknowledged director Max Ophüls’ fondness for the long, elegant tracking shot. Movies, Ophüls thought, should move; his swooping shots would propel viewers over European streets, across drawing rooms and into the hearts of the women at the"


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"Joan Fontaine as Lisa Berndle "


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" Ditto for Max Ophuls' masterwork. The vast majority of this man's legacy is grossly neglected like he was simply a bit part player in the film industry. But so many respected filmmakers have looked up to the guy and drew inspiration from his works. La Ronde and Earrings of Madame de... are worthy of an audience, but Letter from an Unknown Woman is the real chord striker amongst them."


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"13.6. Stalkkaaminen on Ophülsin käsittelyssä edes hieman järkevämmän oloista kuin Tom Hanksilla, mutta on siinä tässäkin tapauksessa jotain pielessä. Leffa saa kolme tähteä, koska lapsi kuolee."


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"Max Ophüls’ melodrama, starring Joan Fontaine and Louis Jourdan (who passed away this past week), and based on a novella by “Grand Budapest Hotel” inspiration Stefan Zweig, remains wildly underrated today (it only hit home video in 2012). So it’s not exactly a shock to learn that it wasn’t appreciated in its own time either: despite being what you’d imagine to be firmly within the wheelhouse of the 1948 Academy, it was totally overlooked in favor of lesser pictures like “Hamlet,"



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