Letter from an Unknown Woman ★★★★

Original Title: Letter from an Unknown Woman
Year of Release: 1948
Genres: Drama; Romance
Director: Max Ophüls
Writer: Howard Koch; Stefan Zweig (based on the story)
Main Cast: Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Mady Christians, Marcel Journet, Art Smith, Carol Yorke

This takes the cake as one of the most tragic romantic stories I've seen. A melodramatic doomed tale of unrequited love, where a woman falls in love with a man at a young age but he fails to recognize her over the years. Its brisk pacing and poetic narration make this a memorable film, also thanks to Joan Fontaine's excellent lead performance. It didn't hit me in the emotions like it did for many others, but it's nonetheless a classic romance that is worth rediscovering, with a lingering aura of sadness right from the opening scene that is carried on throughout the years of Lisa's life.

Story: 7.5
Directing: 8
Cinematography: 7.5
Acting: 8.5
Sound: 8
Visual Effects: 8

ENJOYMENT: 7.5
BORINGNESS: 3

PARENTAL GUIDANCE
Violence & Gore: 3
Sex & Nudity: 1
Drugs & Profanity: 0
Intensity & Horror: 2

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