swo17 wrote:A heads-up: Ophuls' Letter from an Unknown Woman, which is as exceptional as it is unavailable in R1 (i.e. completely), will air on TCM next Monday night.
Agreed: both Letter From and Rebecca will be in my top 5 (impossible for me to meaningfully rank things at such a highly distinguished level of achievement). I like Reckless Moment nearly as much. Caught trails further behind. It's very good, but I think Ryan is too much of a cartoonish villain here. The problem isn't Ryan as an actor but the character: so one-sided -- and the nature of the marriage so obviously superficial and horrific -- that it makes Bel Geddes's character's dilemma less complex and interesting to me than, say, Crawford's in Daisy Kenyon.thirtyframesasecond wrote:Letter from an unknown woman is almost certainly going to be in my top ten or thereabouts. It's an astonishing film. Domino mentioned Rebecca as Joan Fontaine's signature performance but I always consider it to be Lise in this. It's incredibly moving.
For those who can't catch the TCM screening of Letter From, the Second Sight is good quality and a good value (includes a nice Tag Gallagher video essay), and there's probably still plenty of time for folks to import it and watch it before the deadline.