Actors: Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about Letter from an Unknown Woman|
|Loosely based on the Stefan Zweig novel, LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN is a movie directed by Max Ophüls in 1948.
The setting is Vienna circa 1900. Louis Jourdan, a famous pianist, receives a letter from an unknown woman. In this letter, Joan Fontaine tells him first that she may be dead when he'll read it.
From the first day on Jourdan has moved in the building, Joan Fontaine, a 12 years old child then, has fallen in love with him. She's devoted her entire life to Jourdan without his noticing. Over the years, she's met him twice but he didn't recognize her the second time.
She even had a child from him she was able to raise by marrying a wealthy member of the aristocracy. But the boy dies from typhus and Fontaine, feeling that she has to die too, has decided to write this letter to the only love of her life.
--Daniel Staebler, Resident Scholar
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Kind of romance:
- email/letter/phone/fax relationship
- Unprepared for birthing/child rearing
- someone really famous
- (woman) long straight
- (woman) average
Events of movie makes character more...
- General European
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- Average intelligence
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- (man) short/standard straight
- (woman) average
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Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
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