Albert Lewin's interpretation of the legend of the Flying Dutchman. In a little Spanish seaport named Esperanza, during the 30s, appears Hendrick van der Zee, the mysterious captain of a ... See full summary »
Paris, during the winter after its Liberation. Jean Diego meets up with his friend Raymond Lecuyer again. A tramp, pretending that he the Destiny, predicts Jean will meet the most beautiful... See full summary »
Orphee is a poet who becomes obsessed with Death (the Princess). They fall in love. Orphee's wife, Eurydice, is killed by the Princess' henchmen and Orphee goes after her into the ... See full summary »
Producer David O. Selznick initially considered filming this movie over a period of several years, casting a young actress in the role of Jennie and shooting portions of the film over time as the actress actually grew older in real life. (Shirley Temple, then under contract to Selznick, was reportedly intended for the role, had the movie been filmed that way.) In the end, however, Selznick abandoned the idea as too risky and difficult to film properly. See more »
As Eben clings to Jennie on the rocks at the Land's End lighthouse, they speak to one another, but their lips either aren't moving or aren't in sync with what they're saying. See more »
Where I come from nobody knows and where I am going everything goes. The wind blows, the sea flows, nobody knows. And where I am going, nobody knows.
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No credits at all are shown at the beginning except for the studio logo, not even the title of the film. Instead, we hear a narrator speaking the prologue, and then announcing, "And now, 'Portrait of Jennie'". The credits are saved for the end of the picture. See more »
William Dieterle directs a wonderful romantic fantasy evocative of the lonesome and lovesick . Kudos to the special effects staff and Dimitri Tiomkin for the haunting soundtrack. A down-on-his-luck artist(Joseph Cotten)gets inspiration from an otherworldly girl(Jennifer Jones).A little picture becomes bigger and memorable because of its ensemble cast. Near perfection are Ethel Barrymore, David Wayne and Cotten and the beautiful Jones. Also in the cast are Cecil Kellaway and Lillian Gish. Unusual and memorable is a scene near the finale filmed in a green tint and the climax in full color. Pretty cool for a black and white movie. Thanks to PBS for airing this almost forgotten film.
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