Leo has red hair and green eyes. He wears green glasses. Annie is a girl who loves to sing. She loves animals, including dolphins and horses, but is afraid of spiders.
And that is not just my opinion. Well, for a start, it is visually sumptuous, but in black and white. If you remade it in colour, you could never match the starkly beautiful composition of the shots, shy Lisa Joan Fontaine constantly framed in windows or peeping round doors, the dense black of monochrome night.
The colour, the light, the texture of real life, would clutter up your eye and distract you from the lovely artifice.
That is the second thing. It was usual for films of that era to be made entirely in the studio, but if you took that away and shot a remake in a real place, Vienna or somewhere in Eastern Europe that looks like period Vienna, you would lose the sense of fantasy that drenches the film.
It is no accident that the most intense and real emotional scenes happen in the most artificial locations—a dance hall where the band in military uniforms are actually women; a train where the landscape rolling past the window is blatantly false, because it is a fairground ride that goes nowhere.
Because the painted scenes of Venice and Switzerland sliding by are not, after all, so far from the film-studio Vienna of the rest of the film, we can share the interlude of real intimacy, though we know it is just a fantasy.
In 3D, with CGI, we would forget that this love affair is not real, and feel bewildered and cheated when real life returns. Then there is the pace, and the almost complete lack of plot. Letter from an Unknown Woman consists almost entirely of a woman failing to act on a teenage crush.
It is like Hamlet rewritten for Mills and Boon. There are dramatic scenes, but only the barest shadow of the structured storyline now considered essential in a Hollywood film.
And between the emotional climaxes, endless minutes of our heroine gazing hopelessly at Stefan, the object of her passion. Often from outside his window, or across the road in the snow.
Which is the last reason I think you could never make this film today.
Lisa is so wilfully passive, and so self-destructively obsessed with a man who barely registers her existence. Theses have been written about how subversive she is as a character, how her refusal to adopt a conventional role as either seductress or respectable wife is a kind of revolt against social expectations.
But if you had a friend who behaved as Lisa does, you would start with a serious talking-to and work your way towards having her sectioned. She begins by mooning around after a man she has not even met, but has overheard playing the piano.
After failing to declare undying love to him because he has just brought yet another woman back to his apartment she leaves him alone for a while, but soon she is turned down a proposal of marriage and taken a menial job so she can stand outside his window at night.
After an affair so brief he forgets her name, she has his baby without ever trying to contact him again, until a chance meeting makes her wreck her new marriage, which leads to her unlucky death. Yes, in a bizarrely masochistic way. And you can still find such self-immolating heroines in both Mills and Boon and vampire scenarios though I believe Mills and Boon is letting some self-respect creep in these days.
But not the kind of heroine we look for in the 21st Century. And yet you really should see this wonderful film.
Which raises the question: Yes, you could think of it as educational, a slice of cinema history, classic s visual style and masterful cinematography. Or you could regard it as a work of sociology, expressing the repressed sexual politics of an era that was trying to send women back into the kitchen.
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