Letter from an Unknown Woman

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Dir. Max Ophüls

USA 1948 | Black & white | 87 mins | Cert U | Drama

Cast: Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Mady Christians, Art Smith

Max Ophüls’s Letter from an Unknown Woman is a hauntingly beautiful film from one of cinema’s greatest Romantics and is widely considered to be his masterpiece. Based on the Stefan Zweig novella of the same title and set in fin-de-siècle Vienna, this tale of unrequited love and longing unfolds before us in flashback, told through a letter in which Lisa Berndle (Joan Fontaine) addresses the love of her life, concert pianist Stefan Brand (Louis Jourdan), who can no longer remember her…

Available on: DCP, DVD, 35mm


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