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Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)

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A pianist about to flee from a duel receives a letter from a woman he cannot remember, who may hold the key to his downfall.

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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: first as a girl who was his neighbor; next as a young woman who, in secret, has his child; then as a mature woman who meets him again and abandons husband and son to be with him. Each time he does not remember who she is or that they have ever met. By morning, he has finished the letter, and her husband awaits satisfaction. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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13 September 1948 (Sweden)  »

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Brief einer Unbekannten  »

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1st Man on Balcony: [Speaking of Stefan] He returned last week.
2nd Man on Balcony: A concert tour?
Woman on Balcony: Pleasure trip most likely.
1st Man on Balcony: The way he's burning himself up, it's a wonder he's still alive.
2nd Man on Balcony: Ten years ago, he showed great promise. Too bad. With that talent, he could have been a great pianist.
1st Man on Balcony: Perhaps talent is not enough.
Woman on Balcony: Perhaps he has too many talents.
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Radetzky-Marsch, Op. 228
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Never have I seen such a masterpiece!
31 December 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

never have I seen such a masterpiece. Such a simple story, such a MASTERPIECE! Joan Fontaine plays Lisa, a woman who loves a man far too much. A the start, a man arrives home in order to find a letter written for him from a woman that he never knew. As he begins to read it, it unfolds the story of Lisa Bendl, first a teenager mesmerized by his music (he was a pianist of the finest kind) then a young woman, then a married woman in her 3o's. She encounters some men in her pressence but she reserves herself from him, even though he does not know her. When she has to move town when a teenager, she still thinks and wishes to be with him and with his mesmerizing music. So when a colorel proposes to her one day, she says no and runs away to her old town. He mets her and seems like the most perfect wonderful man for her. He has a child with her one night and promises to return to her in 2 weeks after his piano concert in Italy. He never returns and she gets married and still keeps him in mind as she is still in love with him. Their eyes meet 10yrs later in an opera. He meets her after she tries to run home(because she is still in love with him and wants to forget him) But he is convinced that he knows her of some sort (eventhough he never knows about his child) She.......... Please this is an undiscovered masterpiece, watch it!


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