Portrait of Jennie | Chicago Reader

Portrait of Jennie

This delirious 1948 romance is usually written off as the folly of producer David O. Selznick, though director William Dieterle (known as “Wilhelm” when he was an actor for Murnau) handled a number of similar projects in the late 40s, drawing on his experiences in the German expressionist cinema of the 1920s. The lunatic plot finds Joseph Cotten as an artist who discovers his highest inspiration in the face of a mysterious young woman (Jennifer Jones); his attempts to join her in the misty realm she inhabits end in a spectacularly rendered hurricane sequence. With Ethel Barrymore, Lillian Gish, David Wayne, and Cecil Kellaway. 86 min.

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