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 »
Romance and fantasy in this sensational classic movie from the 40s
The picture starts with two poems of famous writers: ¨Who knoeth if to die be but to live..and that called life by mortals be but death?¨by Euripides and ¨Beauty is truth ,truth beauty,that is all ye know on earth and all ye need to know¨by Keats.When a penniless painter(Joseph Cotten) is walking in N.Y city during the great depression ,he finds a mysterious girl named Jennie Appleton(Jennifer Jones).The otherworldly Jennie inspires to the failed artist,but previously he has never been able to encounter the inspiration and now he's painting wonderful paintings.Meanwhile he knows an old spinster(Ethel Barrymore) and a painting merchant(Cecil Kallaway).But the strange Jennie disappears and he asks in a convent where the Mother Mary(Lilian Gish) knew her long time ago.
It's an enjoyable and fantastic romance story where duo protagonist is awesome.The script relies heavily on the relationship between the two starring but it doesn't originate boring.It's a brilliant romantic tale and though is slow-moving isn't tired .Jennifer Jones(David O'Selznick's wife) is gorgeous with her sweet and attractive countenance.Joseph Cotten is magnificent as the artist looking for inspiration.Sensitive,sensible score, including a musical leitmotif,by Dimitri Tiomkin added music from the classic Claude Debussy.Lush black and white cinematography by Joseph Lawrence and with the last part tinted in green and ending image about Jennie portrait in Technicolor.The movie won an Academy Award for especial effects.Besides is produced by the great producer David O'Selznick(Gone with the wind,Duel in the sun,Third man).The motion picture is excellently directed by William Dieterle,author of several classics cinema(Hunchback of Notre Dame,Blockade) and autobiographies specialist( Juarez,Emile Zola,Reuter,Louis Pasteur,Dr.Erlich).The movie will like to romantic movies fans.Rating : Above average.
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