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:

Poster Votes Rating Movie
8524 8.0 Letter from an Unknown Woman
201 7.4 Krakatit
2623 7.4 State of the Union
839 7.1 The Noose Hangs High
702 7.1 Winter Meeting
763 6.9 Ruthless
224 6.8 Fury at Furnace Creek
486 6.7 Homecoming
284 6.3 Casbah
1087 6.2 The Emperor Waltz

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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