Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Letter from an Unknown Woman 1948

     A young woman falls in love with a concert pianist in Vienna of 1900.  When Lisa was 14 years old, Stefan Brand moved into the same apartment building.  When he moved near her, it changed her life, she loved listening to him playing the piano, she began checking out books on composers from the library, she took dancing lessons and took care with her appearance.  Unfortunately for Lisa, her mother remarries and she must move to another town in Austria but she never forgets Stefan.  Later, at the age of 18 she returns to live in Vienna and finds Stefan again.
     Filmed in black and white and spanning a decade, this can be a real tearjerker.  Her clothing after age 18 is very beautiful.  Points out some simple truths, appreciating beauty doesn't make you beautiful and loving doesn't always mean you are loved back. 3* (This movie is OK)

90 min, Drama directed by Max Ophuls with Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Mady Christians, Marcel Journet, Art Smith, Carole Yorke, John Good.

Note:  Blockbuster 4 ½*, imdb 8.0 out of 10, 100% critic 86% % audience on Rotten Tomatoes.
Special Note:  When he receives the letter from Lisa, Stephan is preparing to leave Vienna suddenly to avoid a duel challenge.

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