April 1948: Letter from an Unknown Woman

Oh, directed by Max Ophüls. I haven’t seen a lot of movies by him… I remember seeing The Earrings of Madame De… the other year. I think? Yes.

I was apparently befuddled then.

This looks great. The cinematography is relentlessly intriguing.

Joan Fontaine is marvellous. Her acting style is so different from what you usually get in Hollywood movies of this era. Not that there’s anything wrong with the norm, but it’s refreshing to see a different take.

This is a very strange film: I had no idea where it was going (on a macro plane) while most of the individual scenes were quite predictable.

The most disturbing thing about the movie is watching Louis Jourdan pretending he knows his way around a piano.

Letter from an Unknown Woman. Max Ophüls. 1948.

Popular movies in April 1948 according to IMDB:

85248.0Letter from an Unknown Woman
26237.4State of the Union
8397.1The Noose Hangs High
7027.1Winter Meeting
2246.8Fury at Furnace Creek
10876.2The Emperor Waltz

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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