LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN”

(1948, U.S., 86 min., 35mm) Max Ophuls

Moderated by Philippe Spurrell of CFS

  With the collaboration of psychologist Mathieu Langlais

       A Film Presentation by Cinéclub Film Society (CFS) 

and the C. G. Jung Society of Montreal



Sunday, January 26

6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Cinéma de Sève

1400 de Maisonneuve O.

(Metro Guy-Concordia)

Admission:$8  Students/Seniors:$6

For info please call (514) 481-8664


A teen-aged girl falls in love with and meets her older neighbour, a concert pianist. Years later, she again meets her only love but he fails to recall who she is. The story is told in flashback as he reads a letter from her written at the end of her life as she lays dying in a hospital bed. 

Possibly the greatest film of the 1940s, it was directed by European Max Ophuls employing his trademark of stunning fluid camerawork, lush settings and unrushed pacing. Although this was his first American film shot in Hollywood, it retains a continental flavour as it captures the gas-lit atmosphere of early-day Vienna; the opera, the toffee vendors, snow-covered Prater Park complete with wax works and a magical rolling-canvas cyclorama ride.

Joan Fontaine has never looked lovelier and gives what is perhaps the finest performance of her career. The dashing and persuasive Louis Jourdan supports her ably along with a fine cast. Watching it is like finding an old photo you thought you had lost, of someone who once broke your heart.

Beneath it all is a complex portrait of a deeply passionate woman inhabiting a fantasy of the mind and spirit while the singular object of her affections lives a life of delusion in the hedonistic pursuit of many loves.

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate. The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. 

– C. G. Jung

Projected on screen will be a beautiful restored 35mm print (avec sous-titres français) that allows you to experience it exactly as audiences did back in 1948.

 

   Introducing the film and discussing it with us afterwards is MATHIEU LANGLAIS

A psychologist since 1977 with a private practice in Montreal, Mathieu has a degree from Université de Sherbrooke and learned psychotherapy and psychoanalysis at the Montreal General and the Jewish General Hospitals.

He studied Jungian psychology at the Jung Institute in Zürich and through the Inter-Regional Association of Jungian Analysts. Other studies include archetypal psychology (Patricia Berry), Bioenergy (Luc Morissette) and the Feldenkrais Method (Joseph Dellagrote). He teaches in Québec and Switzerland, specifically in Art Therapy in Lausanne.

        His professional interests lay in working with dreams, images, and films as well as psychosomatic illness.