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Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 13 September 1948 (Sweden)
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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(as Max Opuls)

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(screenplay), (novel)
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Frau Berndle
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Johann Stauffer
Art Smith ...
Carol Yorke ...
Marie
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Herr Kastner
John Good ...
Lt. Leopold von Kaltnegger
Leo B. Pessin ...
Stefan Jr.
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Concierge
Sonja Bryden ...
Frau Spitzer
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In Vienna in 1900, Stefan Brand must face a duel the following morning. He has no intention of defending his honor however and plans to flee the city when he notices that he has received a letter from someone in his past. A struggling concert pianist at the time he met Lisa Berndle when she was just a teenager living next door. Brand has had many women in his life however and unaware that Lisa is genuinely in love with him, forgets all about her. They meet again but he only vaguely remembers ever having met her. Unknown to him she bears his child and eventually marries a man who knows of her past but loves her very much. When she runs into Brand many years later her love for him resurfaces and she is prepared to abandon her son and husband for him. Tragedy follows. Written by garykmcd

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This is the love every woman lives for...the love every man would die for!

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Both Louis Jourdan and Joan Fontaine had been put under contract by David O. Selznick (Jourdan had been in the resistance during the war) - and thus were loaned out for Letter from an Unknown Woman. See more »

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Lisa Berndl: Suddenly in that one moment, everything was in danger, everything I thought was safe. Somewhere out there were your eyes... and I knew I couldn't escape them. It was like the first time I saw you. The years between were melting away.
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Version of Yi ge mo sheng nu ren de lai xin (2004) See more »

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Un sospiro
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Music by Franz Liszt
Played on piano by Louis Jourdan (dubbed by Jakob Gimpel)
Also used as main theme in the score
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Marvellous period romance
11 November 2003 | by (Wales, U.K) – See all my reviews

From the (strangely neglected) master of romantic period confections- Max Ophuls-, an exquisitely beautiful and poignant tale of a teenage girl (played by Joan Fontaine) in late 19th century Vienna who falls in unrequited love with a concert pianist (Louis Jourdain)...

The sets, lighting, smooth gliding camera, costumes, subtly matched musical accompaniment and delicate but aching emotion make for something quite wonderful; it's a film of supreme elegance and extraordinary luminous fragility, a tiny hidden jewel box filled with moonlight.


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