Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Completed in 1941, Portrait of a Woman (Une Femme disparait) was the final effort of veteran director Jacques Feyder. Though filmed in Switzerland, this is French production through and through, both in terms of production personnel and subject matter. Francoise Rosay, Feyder's wife, stars as a faded opera star who commits suicide. When her body is found, the police are unable to identify her. Subsequently, several people come forth, each claiming that he or she is an acquaintance of the dead woman. Their flashbacked reminiscences permit Rosay to offer an astonishing array of characterizations, from timid schoolmistress to bawdy waterfront dame to pathetic old peasant. For its 1946 American release, Portrait of a Woman was paired with the musical short subject Hymn of All Nations.
remembrance, memory, suicide, opera-singer