Full-Blown Romanticism and Delicate Irony

Max Ophuls was among the most interesting of the famous directors in French and German cinema who were forced to flee to America by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s. Unlike many of his compatriots, he created at least one masterpiece in Hollywood and five years later made a related but even greater work in France—the famous The Earrings of Madame De … The American film was Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948). How it came to be made was related in an article by its scriptwriter, Howard Koch, for a collection of interviews, reminiscences and commentary on screenwriting…

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