Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Forgotten Movies:Portrait of Jennie

Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotton stole my heart as a kid with the film adaptation of Robert Nathan's, PORTRAIT OF JENNIE. I am a sucker for any film that plays with time.

Cotton plays an artist looking for the perfect subject and he finds it with Jennie. The only trouble is she has changed each time they meet. This is a haunting movie if ever there was one.

Black and white, the final scene is in glorious technicolor.


A perfect Valentine movie. Nathan's novel is fine, too.

Unless he's taking Valentine's Day off, you should find more forgotten flicks at Todd's place.



Jennie.

11 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Patti - Wow; actually this is one I'd honestly not heard of before. And it sounds both fascinating and really intriguing!

Anonymous said...

I'm with you on time travel, Patti, as you know, and this one is also a favorite of mine. Have you read the novella it's based on?

Jeff M.

Jerry House said...

One of my favs.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Yes. Love Robert Nathan. It is a very romantic movie but manages to also be suspenseful and fascinating.

Todd Mason said...

I've been meaning to see this for decades. (Never a day off...in fact, V-day is my day for extensive dentistry. Tralala. Hearts, roses and spitsinks.) wv: itshie

pattinase (abbott) said...

I love it. Hope you do if you ever get to see it. Dentists. ARGH!

Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) said...

That's a really great choice Patti - such a gorgeous movie, from its Debussy soundtrack to the magnificent expressionistic cinematography (and colour tinting for the finale), it's truly Romantic movie with a capital R. Rationally it makes no sense, poetically it speaks volumes. Saw it as a kid and fell in love wth it immediately.

Wonderful memories.

Sergio

pattinase (abbott) said...

I am sure there are more romantic movies but I couldn't think of one where everything worked together so flawlessly. For me at least.

George said...

I love movies that mix B&W and color. I need to get a copy of PORTRAIT OF JENNIE.

Charles Gramlich said...

Don't know this one.

iluvcinema said...

Yeah I remember this one. It was one that I was not sure if I saw or not. But alas, I did. Your mentioning of the transition from B/W to Color was the trigger :)

Thanks for the reminder Patti!