Friday, October 9, 2009

Magical Movies: Portrait of Jennie

I'm continuing my every Friday in October celebration of magical movies with Portrait of Jennie.

I have to share back story with you. Long before I fell for Montgomery Clift, my heart belonged to Joseph Cotten. I still adore him, whenever they show one of his movies I am compelled to watch. I especially loved when Joseph was teamed with Jennifer Jones. They did four movies together: Duel in the Sun, Since You Went Away, Love Letters and my personal favorite, Portrait of Jennie.

Portrait of Jennie (1948) stars Joseph Cotten as frustrated artist Eben Adams. On one magical night he meets a lonely girl named Jennie Appleton played by Jennifer Jones. I could tell you more, that would spoil all the delights that are in this movie. Suffice to say, their love for each other inspires art, courage and bending time itself. Does it all sound grand? It is. Ethel Barrymore (Drew's great-aunt) plays the gruff Spinney who encourages Eben's paintings is wonderful as well.

If you have never seen this before, your in luck: it's on DVD! I do have to get my own copy. I should add it is filmed beautifully in black and white with Debussy's music beautifully highlighted in the film.

For me, Portrait of Jennie is on my personal short list of films that I feel should not be redone. Before I go, I want to thank you all for sharing your words of wisdom and thoughts on dealing with grief. It gave me great comfort.

Here is a few clips of the movie. Enjoy and Happy Friday.



Laurie said...

Dear Shell,
This is one of my all time favorite movies. My daughter is named Jennie, partly because of this movie and a great aunt named Jennie. I like Joseph Cotton too. Have you seen Shadow of a Doubt? He is so good in that movie.
I might dig this out and watch it tonight!

Michelle (Shell) May said...

I have never seen this. Will have to check it out. Looks wonderful!
bunny hugs,

glorv1 said...

That was a great video. I've never seen the movie. I love Joseph Cotton as well. Thank you so much for sharing.

Genie Sea said...

Oh Shell! You are successfully guiding me back into forgotten romance and the magic of possibility! Thank you sweetness! :)

Keith said...

Hey there. Great post. I've never seen this one before. Hope you've enjoyed the weekend. Cheers!

Tea Time and Roses said...

Hello Dear Shell!

I know I have said it times before, but I just love your blog!:o) Enjoy a beautiful week my friend.



a fanciful twist said...

Darling Shell, it's on my list. If you love it, so will I, I am certain!

Happy Magical new week to come you darling angel!! xoxo

Ana Márquez said...

Know what? I love aaaall the old movies of Hollywood :-) My house is a truly museum of black and white movies. I understand you well :-)

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