in about 100 words or less
US 86m, B&W
Director: Max Ophüls; Cast: Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Mady Christians, Marcel Journet
A tragic love story, this is the narrative of a dead woman told in flashback from a letter she wrote to the man she loved for most of her life who hardly knew she existed. Based on the 1922 novella by Stefan Zweig, Letter from an Unknown Woman is a surprisingly compelling story of obsession, heartbreak and unrequited love. Despite the high melodrama, there are many reasons to appreciate this film, including the music and cinematography. Perhaps the only real flaw is the age inappropriate casting of Fontaine as a teenage girl in what is otherwise a beautifully made film (Klaus Ming November 2012).