Sun January 30, 2022 1:30 PM

Karyn Kusama Presents LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | Sunday Print Edition with Introduction by Karyn Kusama

This is a vaccinated-only screening

Tickets are no longer on sale for this event.

  • RELEASED IN: 1948
  • 86 MINUTES
  • DIRECTED BY: MAX OPHÜLS

ABOUT THE FILM

Was there ever a more swooningly romantic film than Max Ophüls’ American masterpiece? This is a love story that sidesteps all the sentimental Hollywood contrivances too often afflicting movie romances of the era. Shy young Lisa (Joan Fontaine) grows into womanhood while nurturing a lifelong love-from-afar for debonair composer and worldly lothario Stefan Brand (Louis Jourdan), who lives upstairs in her building. Even after she enjoys a brief tryst with Brand, Lisa’s dreams seem destined to evaporate into thin air. Ophüls’ device of Brand, finally learning of Lisa’s deep feelings from a letter to him as he readies for a duel at dawn, bookends the narrative with a tragic anguish that is extremely moving.

 

FORMAT: 35mm preservation print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive

DISTRIBUTOR: Paramount

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