Portrait Of Jennie (1948)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

USA, 1948.  , .  Screenplay by , , adaptation by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Soapy romance film still feels so rich after so many years.  is a starving painter who meets a little girl in the park one day. The next time he sees her a few days later she has grown many years and again when he sees her next she has blossomed to full womanhood (played at all stages by Jennifer Jones). He begins to suspect that she is the ghost of a heartbroken woman come back to finally make up for the life she lost in a boating accident many years before. The film is mostly black and white, with some beautifully tinted scenes involving the tragedy by the seashore. A bit corny if you’re not willing to let your defenses down, but in general this is a beautiful film with marvelously heartfelt performances at its centre.

Academy Award:  Best Special Effects
Nomination: Best Cinematography-BW

Venice Film Festival Award: Best Actor (Joseph Cotten)


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