Sunday, April 25, 2010
Austrian Writers on Film at AFA with Ophüls' LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN
Anthology Film Archives and the Austrian Cultural Forum NY, gets a special jump-start this coming Thursday, April 29, at 7:15 & 9:15 with a screening of the popular-with-film-buffs-but-rarely-screened LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN -- the Hollywood adaptation by Max Ophüls (shown below) of the Stefan Zweig novella.
Michael Haneke’s French-language (but Vienna-set) film of contemporary Austrian author Elfriede Jelinek’s The Piano Teacher. And June will see the U.S. premiere of what AFA calls "a truly remarkable example of Austrian silent cinema, long thought lost": Hans Karl Breslauer’s The City Without Jews, an adaptation of novelist Hugo Bettauer's satire that proved all too on-target in the decades that followed.
Franz Planer) moves from the merely beautiful to the often breathtaking.
Joan Fontaine (above, who makes a surprisingly convincing schoolgirl early on) and Louis Jourdan (below, right, nicely navigating the difficult route between rotten and redeemable -- and as sexually compelling as ever), this two-
some remains fairly riveting, even by today's standards. Fontaine's elegant, often sweet beauty predates that of Grace Kelly, without the latter's layer of stone beneath the supple veneer.
Howard Koch (and an uncredited Ophüls), is barely a patch on what the filmmaker would give us in the following decade's Lola Montès. Still, if you didn't manage to DVR it on its recent showing via TCM in high definition, then get to AFA this Thursday. I will try to say more about upcoming screenings, particularly The City Without Jews, as their playdates approach....
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