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Portrait of Jennie

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A movie directed by William Dieterle

One of the most unusual romances ever filmed, Portrait of Jennie is the picture of sumptuousperfection. Starring Joseph Cotten (Citizen Kane) and OscarÂ(r) winner* Jennifer Jones (A Farewell to Arms) in a 'sensitive, appealing performance (The Hollywood … see full wiki

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Director: William Dieterle
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one of the most hauntingly beautiful romances

  • Jul 21, 2007
Rating:
+4
"Where I come from nobody knows and where I am going everything goes. The wind blows, the sea flows, God knows. And where I am going, nobody knows..."

PORTRAIT OF JENNIE (filmed in 1949), is one of the most memorable Hollywood romances, boasting strong performances and a surprise twist ending. Based on the novel by Robert Nathan, it almost plays like a lost episode of "The Twilight Zone".

Eben Adams (Joseph Cotten) is a penniless painter, living hand to mouth in a boarding house and struggling with his inspiration. He finds a valuable ally in gallery owner Miss Spinney (Ethel Barrymore); but it's not until he meets a mysterious girl called Jennie Appleton (Jennifer Jones) that he begins to achieve true success. Painting Jennie's portrait becomes his main goal, but the situation becomes complicated as Jennie seems to get older each time she visits. Their friendship turns into love, but will Eben ever accept that Jennie's fate is already sealed?

This otherwordly romance, with it's time-traveling themes and delicate performances, is totally captivating viewing. Cotten and Jones are absolute perfection in the leads. The support cast includes Cecil Kellaway, David Wayne, Albert Sharpe, Lillian Gish, Florence Bates and Maude Simmons. The haunting, swirling musical score by Dimitri Tiomkin lifts themes from Debussy.

Watching this film again on DVD, I was reminded of one of Jennifer Jones' lines - "I hate for it to stop, because when will we ever have it again?". Fans of this delightful gem know that we'll always have Jennie...forever on DVD.

(Single-sided, single-layer disc)

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