Letter From an Unknown Woman
Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948)

Perhaps the finest American film from the famed European director Max Ophüls, the film stars Joan Fontaine as a young woman who falls in love with a concert pianist. Set in Vienna in 1900, the story is told in a complex flashback structure… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 28, 1948
DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
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Time Out

Of all the cinema's fables of doomed love, none is more piercing than this.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

[Max] Ophuls' first personal project in Hollywood and he injects this exquisitely stylish romantic melodrama with his continental sensibility.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

One of Hollywood's, and cinema's, grandest and most emotionally satisfying tales of unrequited love and self-sacrifice.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

A breathtaking, bitter, exquisitely orchestrated exploration of love and selfishness by Max Ophuls.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A moving weepie woman's picture.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

One of the greatest achievements in American film.

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Josh Larsen

...a women's picture that nonetheless turns on male chauvinism.

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Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)

A weepie like they don't make them like anymore.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Remarkable romantic drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A man receives a letter from a woman he's known, wooed, seduced ... and forgotten. A classic Hollywood melodrama set in romantic old Vienna and handled… More
Stephen M
A young girl's infatuation with a womanizing concert pianist ends in tragedy. What I like best about this elegant weepie is the way that it gently subverts… More
Pierluigi Puccini
One of the most heartwrenching melodramas I've seen. I actually had to contain myself from shedding tears, witnessing the passion, intensity and beauty it… More
jay nixon
a sad haunting quality hangs over the film which fits the story well
Nicki Marie
Very sad, literally could not tear myself away from this one.
Dimitris Springer
You have to feel this movie.It's been quite some time and the leftovers are sheer gratitude of the melodrama of our protagonists.Ophuls conquered Hollywood… More