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Stefan Zweig (1881 – 1942)

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Stefan Zweig (November 28, 1881 – February 22, 1942) was an Austrian writer. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stefan_Zweig [Jan 2006]

Letter from an Unknown Woman () - Stefan Zweig

Letter from an Unknown Woman () - Stefan Zweig [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Book Description
The fifth title in the Rutgers Films in Print Series, "Letter from an Unknown Woman" is directed by Max Ophuls and based on the novella by Stefan Zweig. It is the story of Lisa, a young girl who rejects the constricting life of her small town and family in order to dedicate her life to a musician, Stefan. The film's elegant fin-de-siecle Viennese setting, lyrical camera work, dispassionate and ironic point of view, and fine performances by Joan Fontaine and Louis Jourdan elevate what could have been a mere tearjerker into one of Ophuls's finest works.

This volume provides a detailed transcription of the 1948 film. Notes appended to the film's continuity script detail all the significant differences between the finished film and the shooting script.

Wexman's introductions to each of the book's sections discuss the history of the film's reception and provide an overview of the central issues the film has raised. A cross section of commentary by well-known critics attests to the film's enduring position as a central text for cinema study. These essays acknowledge the film's significance as a preeminent example of Ophuls's art, as an important woman's film, and as a representative of the classic Hollywood style. A biographical sketch of Ophuls, the entire Zweig novella, a bibliography and other background materials are also included. --via Amazon.com

Elvis Presley
Priscilla [Presley] recounts (p.158) Elvis liked old movie classics revolving around family or struggles to survive in the world such as Les Miserables, Wuthering Heights, It's a Wonderful Life, Mr. Skeffington, Miracle on 34th Street, Letter from an Unknown Woman and his favorite, The Way of All Flesh the story of a self-sacrificing father, his wife and children. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_and_Me [Jan 2006]

See also: Vienna - Austria - 1948 - Max Ophuls


La Paura (1954) - Roberto Rossellini
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Stefan Zweig (November 28, 1881 – February 22, 1942) was an Austrian writer. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stefan_Zweig [Jan 2006]

Based on a German 1920 novel by Stefan Zweig entitled Angst, no English translation available. It is the story of Irene, and her fears and anxieties caused by her adulterous relationship. Many of Zweig's novels have been the basis of films, Letter from an Unknown Woman three times. The Confusion: The Private Papers of Privy Councillor R. Von D was also about adultery.

A rundown from IMDb:

# Yi ge mo sheng nu ren de lai xin (2004) (novel Brief einer Unbekannten) ... aka A Letter from an Unknown Woman (International: English title) # 24 heures de la vie d'une femme (2002) (novel 24 Stunden aus dem Leben einer Frau) ... aka 24 Hours in the Life of a Woman (International: English title) # Lettre d'une inconnue (2001) (TV) (novel) ... aka Brief einer Unbekannten (Germany) # Clarissa (1998) (TV) (novel) ... aka Clarissa - Tränen der Zärtlichkeit (Germany) # Dernière fête, La (1996) (TV) (novel Histoire d'une déchéance) ... aka The Fall of the Marquise de Prie (Europe: English title) # Lyubovni sanishta (1994) (novel) ... aka ??????? ?????? (Bulgaria: Bulgarian title) ... aka Love Dreams (Europe: English title) # Amok (1993) (novel Der Amoklaüfer) # Peur, La (1992) (TV) (novel) # Leporella (1991) (TV) (novel) # Spät bezahlte Schuld, Die (1990) (TV) (novel) # "Rausch der Verwandlung" (1989) (mini) TV Series (novel Rausch der Verwandlung) ... aka Ivresse de la métamorphose, L' (France) # Burning Secret (1988) (novel Brennendes Geheimnis) ... aka Brennendes Geheimnis (West Germany) # Ruelle au clair de lune, La (1988) (TV) (novella Die Mondscheingasse) # Georg Friedrich Händels Auferstehung (1980) (TV) (novel) # Confusion des sentiments, La (1979) (TV) (novel) ... aka Confused Feelings ... aka Verwirrung der Gefühle # Au théâtre ce soir: Volpone (1978) (TV) (earlier play) # Lamm des Armen, Das (1978) (TV) (novel) # Vingt-quatre heures de la vie d'une femme (1968) (novel 24 Stunden aus dem Leben einer Frau) ... aka 24 Heures de la vie d'une femme ... aka 24 Hours in the Life of a Woman ... aka 24 Hours of a Woman's Life ... aka 24 Stunden im Leben einer Frau (West Germany) # Onzichtbare verzameling, De (1966) (TV) ... aka Unsichtbare Sammlung, Die (Belgium: German title) # Byzance (1964) # Twenty-Four Hours in a Woman's Life (1961) (TV) (novel 24 Stunden aus dem Leben einer Frau) # Impaciencia del corazón (1960) (novel) ... aka Impatient Heart (International: English title) # Schachnovelle (1960) (novel) ... aka Brainwashed (USA) ... aka The Royal Game ... aka Three Moves to Freedom (UK) # "Coração Inquieto" (1957) TV Series (novel) (writer) # Feliz año amor mío (1957) (novel) # Legende eines Lebens (1954) (TV) (novel) # Paura, La (1954) (novel Angst) ... aka Angst (West Germany) ... aka Fear (USA) ... aka I Don't Believe in Love Anymore (Italy) ... aka Incubo (Italy) ... aka Non credo più all'amore (Italy) # Unsichtbare Sammlung, Die (1953) (TV) # 24 Hours of a Woman's Life (1952) (novel 24 Stunden aus dem Leben einer Frau) ... aka Affair in Monte Carlo (USA) # Gestohlene Jahr, Das (1950) # Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) (story) # Beware of Pity (1946) (novel) # Amok (1944) (novel Der Amoklaüfer) # 24 horas en la vida de una mujer (1944) (novel 24 Stunden aus dem Leben einer Frau) # Valkoiset ruusut (1943) (story) (uncredited) ... aka Vita rosor (Finland: Swedish title) # Volpone (1941) (play) (uncredited) # Marie Antoinette (1938) (biography Marie Antoinette) # Peur, La (1936) (novel) # Amok (1934) (novel Der Amokläufer) # Only Yesterday (1933) (novel Letter from an Unknown Woman) (uncredited) # Brennendes Geheimnis (1933) (book) ... aka The Burning Secret (USA) # 24 Stunden aus dem Leben einer Frau (1931) (novel) # Narkose (1929) (story Briefe einer Unbekannten) ... aka Narcose # Angst - Die schwache Stunde einer Frau (1928) (novel Angst) ... aka Angst (Germany: short title) ... aka Fear (UK) # Schicksal einer Nacht, Das (1927) (novella) # Amoki (1927) (novel Der Amoklaüfer) ... aka Amok (literal English title) ... aka Amok, zakon i dolg (Soviet Union: Russian title) # Haus am Meer, Das (1924) (play) # Brennende Geheimnis, Das (1923) (novel Das Brennende Geheimnis) ... aka Mutter, dein Kind ruft! (Germany)

What motivates a horror writer to write horror stories. Does he want to scare an imagined audience or does he try to scare himself?

See also: adultery - Austria - angst - feeling - emotion - 1920 - 1954 - Roberto Rossellini

World of Yesterday (1942) - Stefan Zweig

World of Yesterday (1942) - Stefan Zweig [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Zweig was one of of the most widely read authors of the interwar period, and an Austrian Jew from Vienna, who describes the period from 1895 onwards to 1942, the date at which he committed suicide in exile in Brazil. At the end of the nineteenth century, Europe was thriving: apart from the small Franco-Prussian war of the seventies, it had known uninterrupted peace for many decades, the bourgeois class was easily making money, and though workers had tough material conditions, their struggles and the overall progress of the economy was making them better all the time. Thus it was a time of optimism and general belief in Progress. The cultural elite freely travelled from capital to capital, without the need for visas and passports and the coming of a united Europe seemed a natural thing to them. Then, as the new century starts to proceed, things start to unravel, and unexpectedly, total war breaks out in 1914, with the masses turning to nationalist hysteria, until the mass killing demoralises the whole population, rich and poor alike. But after the war, an unjust peace that punishes Germany leads to permanent chaos, with nationalist, communist and fascist militias everywhere, severe economic crises such as the great German inflation and 1929 which culminates in a Second World War which destroys everything he loves, destroying his family in the process. This book is thus not dry history but infused with the humanist feelings and tragedy of a human life destroyed by forces beyond the control of an individual. Must reading to understand what once was and had been lost for a long while. --Michel Bauwens

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