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Portrait of Jennie

Portrait of Jennie (1948)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 2002 Wide



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In Portrait of Jennie, Joseph Cotten plays an artist, Eben Adams, who is unable to bring any true feeling to his work. While painting in Central Park one morning, Eben makes the acquaintance of a schoolgirl named Jennie (Jennifer Jones), who prattles on about things that happened years ago. Intrigued at her thorough knowledge of the past, Eben is about to converse with her further, but Jennie has vanished. Over the next few months, Eben meets Jennie again and again -- and each time she seems to

Nov 28, 2000

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (1) | DVD (10)

Fine period melodrama starring Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten.

September 30, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Honest-to-goodness romantic ghost story.

October 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Wonderful romantic mystery, sure to haunt your memory

November 12, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

Quite possibly the most utterly romantic movie ever made.

October 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

William Dieterle's 1948 masterpiece Portrait of Jennie is not only an unabashedly romantic melodrama but also a fascinating ghost story.

June 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Directed by William Dieterle, the film has a wistful, dreamy quality (which may be why Bunuel was drawn to it) and even its overabundance of music doesn't spoil this mood.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Portrait of Jennie

Killer. So damn romantic. Like a black and white Vertigo meets Stairway To Heaven in depression era New York but without any crimes or trials. The theme even sounds like Vertigo's. Go Selznick!
January 31, 2008

Super Reviewer

wonderful cinematography, overbearing tiomkin score, silly melodrama with supernatural elements that requires huge suspension of disbelief, then works like gangbusters. soo selznick...
January 4, 2012
Stella Dallas

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A painter somehow contacts the spirit of a young girl who died and falls in love with her? It's a strange story, but it makes for an interesting movie.
October 24, 2010

Super Reviewer

I had only seen this film only the once,until recently and I recall it was on a rainy Sunday afternoon. I only started watching this film has there was not much else on, however when it had finished, i wanted to watch it again,and stayed up late so that i could watch the repeat showing.what make this stand out was the other world feeling of it,the photography,the feel of New York in a bygone era, and the music,Debussey, which is haunting adds to the overall ambiance,It is in essence a love story which transcends time and , is told with tenderness and beauty. It's mood lingers in the heart and its planes challenge the mind. It always leaves a void when the film ends and i can truly feel Ebans pain at losing Jennie. You can read into a lot of metaphorical stuff in the film and the book - cleverly done. The ending is both heartening yet crucifying,emotionally a story of two star crossed lovers, The overall realisation that through the barrier of time love is enduring and never ending, a wonderful film which is a must for all romantics out there. Highly recommended.
March 29, 2010

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    1. Jennie Appleton: Eben... I want always to sit and watch you paint.
    2. Eben Adams: Now that I've found the perfect model, I'll paint her again and again.
    3. Jennie Appleton: No, I... I didn't mean that... I mean I want you to paint all the beautiful things in the world.
    4. Eben Adams: [smiles, holds her tight.] You're the most beautiful thing in the world.
    – Submitted by Andrew C (19 months ago)
    1. Miss Spinney: Don't be soft, Matthews. I'm an old maid, and nobody knows more about love than an old maid.
    – Submitted by Andrew C (19 months ago)
    1. Jennie Appleton: I wish that you would wait for me to grow up so that we could always be together.
    – Submitted by Andrew C (19 months ago)
    1. Jennie Appleton: I know we were meant to be together. The strands of our lives are woven together and neither the world nor time can tear them apart.
    – Submitted by Andrew C (19 months ago)
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