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Portrait of Jennie [VHS]
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on August 10, 2009
This is one of my all time favorite movies, have loved this since I was a teen and watched it.I first read the book which the movie followed and then saw the movie. I often felt it was a true story, I did look for information on the museum and such to try to find out if it was real. I still feel in my heart it could be because I believe in miracles.Whether it is or not doesn't really matter---it is what we believe in our hearts that does and this love story is so compelling it makes you believe. I love old movies and this is a true classic. Watch and enjoy and allow the magic to happen to you.
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on February 4, 2013
If you have ever felt so unloved , that you've had to hide what is killing you inside?
This is the story of a talanted artist(Joseph Cotten), who has talnt , but no inspiration, he was lost and forlor.n
He was starving , for real!!! He was walking through central park , when he metes Jenny (Jennifer Jones), his inspiration. Unbeknownst to him everything he truly needed in his life..... There is one little detail. His beloved is a ghost..........no one has told a story like this since ,well never!!! If you dont buy another Video in life, please buy this one!!!!!!!!!!!
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on June 1, 2011
Whenever I think of this movie, and as much as I am a big Jennifer Jones fan, the scene that always makes me laugh is the scene with the two old maids (played beautifully by Florence Bates etc.) with the adorable little kitten in the background stealing the show. Oh I love this scene; But the rest of the movie is so well filmed and acted that all the other reviews seemed to be in agreement, just see it for yourself and you will return to it again and again. I also loved the Robert Brackman portrait of Jennifer. It is so lovely. Bo Biffa
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on May 14, 2007
This is one of the all time classics, a great movie!
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on February 8, 2014
I wouldn't haven't gotten to know about movies from this era-1930's-1950's if it were not for my late mother and father. My mother loved this. It is a fantasy love-story that one thinks might be real. Wonderful story-the basis for any good movie. The actors and actresses-Joseph Cotten, Jennifer Jones, Ethyl Barrymore, David Wayne, Lillian Gish-what more can I say. I don't think you'll be let down.
James Dunleavy-Hammondsport, NY
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on December 10, 2013
Joseph Cotton and Jennifer Jones. What a movie! He was taken in by this haunting spirit of a girl who grew up in front of his eyes in the matter of no time and I think he was so mesmerized by her, he had no conscientiousness of the true reality he was in. Can you imagine being in love with a tangible/non tangible intity. You might say it was a dream he didn't want to wake up from. I can't say enough of how good this movie is. Superb!
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on January 10, 2011
A fantasy love story that captivates you from the very first introduction of "Jennie". Today this would be considered a "chick flick", but it holds the male attention as well.

Jennifer Jones gives a sterling performance. She convinces you that she's 12 years old, then 14, 16, 18. You will have to watch the movie twice to see how she "grows" from 5'2" to 5'9" (ages 12 to 18) in just over 2 years real time.
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on April 28, 2013
Jennifer and Joseph Cotton make a wonderful team in this strange romance about a girl who comes out of the past and becomes a woman and probable lover of Cotton and loses her in a terrific hurricane scene in sepiatone. Selznick (Jones' then husband) didn't spare any costs on special effects and the music is delicious, even though the film is in b&w. A lyrical fantasy!
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If you're a true romantic at heart, there has been no better film made than "Portrait of Jennie". It is lyrical, with excellent performances and an ending that all of us want to believe in. The book is a gem and the movie was definitely worthy of it. Black and white photography was really essential to create the atmosphere looked for in this marvelous film.
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I watched the movie several times. I 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 (Joseph Cotton) sees Jennie (Jennifer Jones.) The portrait in the bar is different; it is probably some adjustment for the time of the movie. In addition, 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. Therefore, 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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