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Portrait Of Jennie [1948] [DVD]

Jennifer Jones , Joseph Cotten , William Dieterle    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore, Lillian Gish, Cecil Kellaway
  • Directors: William Dieterle
  • Writers: Ben Hecht, David O. Selznick, Leonardo Bercovici, Paul Osborn, Peter Berneis
  • Producers: Cecil Barker
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Fremantle
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Aug 2001
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059RNN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,782 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

An eerie love story from producer David O'Selznick. Eben Adams (Joseph Cotten) is a struggling artist who chances upon ethereal beauty Jennie (Jennifer Jones), who proves to be the muse he has longed for. Jennie disappears for a few months, Eben's artistic career takes off, yet when he tracks her down she seems to have aged in years. His interest turns to love, but his research leads Eben to conclude that Jennie might be the ghost of a dead girl.

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Jennifer Jones Portrait Of Jennie

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Capturing The Silent World 15 April 2006
By T. P.
This extremely unusual film is especially recommended to those people who are sure within themselves that there is a much more complicated meaning to the living world than is ordinarily perceived. From almost the beginning, the intelligent viewer is given a precious key to the realization of inspirational hopes and, for some, even a kindred experience. Jennifer Jones, most joyfully, is still living though hauntingly perfect as Jennie, and Joseph Cotton gave a profound performance that appears spellbound by this story. In fact, the painting of Jennie was afterwards producer David O. Selznick's very proud possession and hung in his home when he married Jennifer Jones the following year in 1949. Despite occasional minor weaknesses, this is truly a most deeply memorable and intriguingly romantic film that has the uncommon power to make one's sad times happier during the rest of one's life!
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Portrait of jennie 4 Feb 2006
I have only seen this film only the once, and I recall it was on a Sunday afternoon. I only started watching this film has there was not much else on, however when it finished, i wanted to watch it again, and I 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,(Dubsi)which was haunting adds to the overall ambiance,Beneath the story,about a struggling painter who is at a loss with trying to be successful in selling his work, meets a young girl in Central Park, has he is absorbed with the haunting look of the girl he decides to paint her portrait, which immediately is a success, then all through the film he meets a growing "jennie" whom is his muse of sorts, but slowly falls for her though, you can read into a lot of metaphorical stuff - 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 beautify film which is a must for all romantics out there. Highly recommended
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, innocent and enchanting movie. 21 Sep 2008
To call this a 'Ghost Story' would be inappropriate because it isn't 'spooky' but rather sad - yet very beautiful too.

Probably one of the most beautiful and enchanting stories attributed to a dead person coming back to haunt the living in a very benign way. Jennifer Jones plays a child who 'stumbles' into the life of 'Eben Adams' (Joseph Cotton) and makes a wish that he will wait for her to 'grow up'. This story could not be done today for all its disgusting connotations of the modern societies obsession, but works beautifully for the period in which the movie is made. 'Eben' is visited by 'Jennie' periodically as she grows and matures in years, but is only a matter of days or weeks for 'Adams'. The shocking news for him is when he finds out quite by chance from an old nun that the girl died years ago...

A truly lovely and 'innocent' picture about love and lonely people.

Five Stars!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PORTRAIT OF PERFECTION 5 Oct 2003
Eben Adams is a struggling artist who seemingly has no muse from which to work from..until he meets Jennie in Central Park. There is just something about her he can't quite put his finger on.... why she seems to have aged several years in just a matter of days... her talk of the past as if it were now... and why is she so fearful of the future? A beautifully crafted film, one they certainly can't make anymore, about the power of love through time. Thoroughly recommended.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential b/w movie 21 April 2006
An unusual movie classic with a fantastic soundtrack that will appeal to teen/twenty-somethings. I have a worn-out VHS & UK Region 2 DVD [no known differences], brilliant. Those who appreciate 1940's b/w movies can safely let the 'kids' watch this ghost-story. I put it up-there with An Inspector Calls [1948] & I Married A Witch [1942]. It's a shame the studios do not include more digitally remastered trailers given copyright is not a real issue [stars worked for wages 50 years ago] & many classics are unknown to most of this planets population.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By bernie VINE VOICE
I watched the movie several times. Even bought the video. Then I read the book. I suggest that you do it the other way around. Both have their strong points. The feel is the same. However the book allowed other people to see and interact with Jennie. In the movie only Eben sees Jennie. The portrait in the bar is different; it is probably some adjustment for the time of the movie. And the ending is different. I am not sure which ending I like best. One interesting notation on the movie, it was shot with a filter that made the movie have a texture that looks like a portrait.
Any way I do not want to describe the plot. So I will tell you that it was nicer to get the Hardcover Buccaneer book, than some old yellowing thing from a secondhand store that costs just as much. I have it next to the video and still re-read it periodically.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Where I am going, nobody knows" 4 May 2009
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Eben Adams (Joseph Cotten) is a struggling artist. However, he finds inspiration to paint from the heart from his strange encounters with Jennie (Jennifer Jones) who seems to have returned from the dead. Do they remain together forever?

This film has a good cast and an interesting theme of lost love as 2 people search for what is important to them. We follow Eben as he gradually realizes that Jennie belongs in another time. Yet, somehow the strands of time have woven their lives together and this gives them both hope. Although the film is meant to be inspirational, I came away with a feeling of tragedy and a sense of sadness.

There are many memorable scenes including the lighthouse segment with the tidal wave at the end of the film. My favourite moment comes when Eben visits Mother Mary of Mercy (Lillian Gish) in the convent which Jenny attended. It is the moment when Eben learns of Jennie's true fate and he realizes what he must do. The scene ends with the nun kneeling down to pray for him and it is accompanied by an effective musical score.

A haunting film that may bring a tear to your eye but also a belief in the idea of an impossible love being made possible.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth look if you like the stars
This is quite a good movie nothing special but the stars make good viewing. Ethel Barrymore great as usual.
Published 1 month ago by Brian Twigg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent, thanks, David.
Published 2 months ago by David Michael Yapp
5.0 out of 5 stars Mum's favorite
This film was one of my late Mum's favourite films - it is a tear jerking story - loved it
Published 5 months ago by lollhypop
3.0 out of 5 stars Portraite Of Jennie - Jennie Jones - that's good enough!
I had this film DVD bought for me for Christmas, it was one of the many I had put on my "Wishlist" based on the reviews I had read here on Amazon. Read more
Published 6 months ago by G. Watkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Potrait of Jennie
Depends on the sort of person you are. I bought it because it's the sort of film that carries you along while keeping you interested in the outcome in spite of knowing what the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Penelope
5.0 out of 5 stars With the magic of childhood...
Still with all the magic of childhood, I watched this delightful spookie romance with great affection and enjoyment. Read more
Published 13 months ago by misha
4.0 out of 5 stars A Portrait of Jenny DVD 1948
I remembered watching this film when I was a child, it was even better than I remembered as someone else said a great sound track 'Debussy'. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Julia
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
saw this film years ago and loved it so was delighed when i saw it online, really lovely story and would recommend it to anyone also bought one for friends, delivery very quick... Read more
Published 17 months ago by 12lililou
5.0 out of 5 stars old movie
I bought this for my mum as a xmas present and she loved it. We used to watch it together when i was younger along with loads of other old movies. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Beanie
5.0 out of 5 stars A favourite film
I first saw this film on a little black and white 9" screen television with a separate magnifying screen in front of it when I was a little girl and have loved it since. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Henrietta
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