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ARE YOU IN LOVE THIS WEEK? If you are - you'll get a double thrill from this most romantic of all love stories about a man who was in love with a girl who lived twenty years before his time. If you aren't - it may change your ideas on the subject for the rest of your life.
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 »
One of the greatest stories of true love ever filmed
A bittersweet sense of melancholy permeates this stunning romantic
fantasy, a film produced by David Selznick as a cinematic altar to his
wife Jennifer Jones.
I adored Jones in Henry King's THE SONG OF BERNADETTE, but I love Jones
(almost as much as Joseph Cotten did) in PORTRAIT OF JENNIE.
Cotten is Eben Adams, an artist who meets the enigmatic Jennie (Jones)
in Central Park. Their time together is always limited for Jennie is
compelled to return home to a place Cotten will never visit.
At first just a sweet schoolgirl, Jennie appears to have aged
unnaturally every time she re-appears to Cotten -- eventually, she is
old enough to acknowledge Cotten's romantic and carnal intentions
This unusual, unique studio pic epitomizes "dreamy" for it is
exceptionally surreal and photographed in a strange, re-texturized
black and white (von Trier's amazing BREAKING THE WAVES used a similar
technique to introduce new scenes).
The climax, staged on a storm-swept island, is absolutely beautiful and
Some have dismissed PORTRAIT OF JENNIE as amounting to nothing more
than a series of pretty pictures. I passionately disagree. It is one of
the greatest stories of true love ever filmed, and there is nothing
false in its intensity or tone (not if you have loved like this).
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