Nick James on Letter from an Unknown Woman

A darkly evocative tale of misplaced desire and unrequited love, Max Ophuls’ Letter from an Unknown Woman remains one of cinema’s most achingly poignant romances, and highly regarded melodramas. About to flee town to escape a duel, Stefan Brand receives a letter from a woman he no longer remembers. A series of flashbacks reveal a story of deep longing and emotional obsession, as Ophuls’ delves deep into the psyche of a woman existing on the edge of established conventions. Editor of Sight and Sound Magazine Nick James offers his own analysis into one of the most written about films in the history of cinema – forming the basis for academic theory for years to come. Letter from an Unknown Woman will be screening at BFI Southbank and cinemas nationwide from 12 February 2010.


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