Letter from an Unknown Woman
Dir. Max Ophuls. 1948, 86 mins. Restored 35mm print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Preservation funding provided by The Film Foundation. With Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan. 35mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Preservation funding provided by The Film Foundation. The greatest Hollywood film made by Austrian director Max Ophuls (whose movies such as The Earrings of Madame de… y Lola Montes still stun viewers with their dazzling camera work), this is an exquisite Vienna-set tale of a former concert pianist (Jourdan) who discovers, via an unsigned letter, that a woman has harbored a destructive lifelong unrequited passion for him. Crafted with masterful precision, Letter from an Unknown Woman is an emotional experience and technical accomplishment of the highest order.
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