Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
USA, 1948. William Dozier Productions, Rampart Productions. Screenplay by Howard Koch, based on a story by Stefan Zweig. Cinematography by Franz Planer. Produced by John Houseman. Music by Daniele Amfitheatrof. Production Design by Alexander Golitzen. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Film Editing by Ted J. Kent.
One of Joan Fontaine‘s best performances is in this plush melodrama by Max Ophuls. She goes from naïve girl to grown woman to ill-fated heroine, all under the nose of caddish Louis Jourdan, whom she loves but is never noticed by. She writes him a letter to tell him of the love affair between them that he has not been aware of, and the film is told in romantic flashbacks that deal with their sporadic encounters. Beautifully shot in dreamy black-and-white, this is three-hankie entertainment perfect for anyone looking for some good romance.