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Big screen classics

Letter from an Unknown Woman

The story of the unshakeable love felt by a young woman (Joan Fontaine) for a famous pianist.

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USA 1948
Dir Max Ophuls
With Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Mady Christians
87min
Digital
Certificate U

Ophuls’ masterly adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s novella is imbued with the bittersweet poignancy of remembrance and regret as it recounts the story of the unshakeable love felt by a young woman (Fontaine) for a famous pianist (Jourdan). The Viennese apartment building where, as a girl, she first notices him is as loaded with longing as the various venues of their later courtship.

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