Letter from an Unknown Woman ★★★★½

A beautifully structured, endlessly revealing romantic drama of unrequited love and self-sacrifice injected with potent stylistic choices and elegant sensibility right down to its unforgettable denouement.

There have been dozens of films about unrequited love, about heartbreak, about the lives of two individuals taking different paths and there will continue to be, but Letter from an Unknown Woman stands above pretty much all of them. This forgotten 1948 romantic melodrama is an intensely engrossing piece of cinema well worth seeing for acclaimed German filmmaker Max Ophuls' stylistic direction. He was apparently known for his lyrical camera movements, the use of long tracking shots, and his atmospheric evocation of romantic melancholy—all of which are on full display here. It's a beautifully roasted chestnut well worth seeking out.