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.