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Portrait of Jennie (1948) was a Fantasy - Romance Film directed by William Dieterle and produced by David O. Selznick, David Hempstead and Cecil Barker.

Academy Awards 1948 --- Ceremony Number 21 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best CinematographyJoseph AugustNominated
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Portrait of Jennie (1948)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 2, 2017 From 4 Star Films

The strands of our lives are woven together and neither time nor the world can break them. From the outset, you get a sense from the grand philosophical dialogue and imagery that we are being treated to a classical Hollywood precursor to Terence Malick’s Tree of Life. Quotes from?Euripides and... Read full article


Portrait of Jennie (1948)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 2, 2017 From 4 Star Films

The strands of our lives are woven together and neither time nor the world can break them. From the outset, you get a sense from the grand philosophical dialogue and imagery that we are being treated to a classical Hollywood precursor to Terence Malick’s Tree of Life. Quotes from?Euripides and... Read full article


Portrait of Jennie, a Production Journal, of a Timeless Christmas Gift

By C. S. Williams on Dec 22, 2016 From Classic Film Aficionados

Glimpses of the Portrait of Jennie in 1948: Portrait of Jennie had its general public premier on Christmas Day, 1948, at the Carthay Circle Theater, located at 6316 San Vicente Boulevard, Los Angeles, California; a more than fifteen-hundred seat theater, with nearly one-thousand on the main floor. T... Read full article


Portrait of Jennie, a Production Journal, of a Timeless Christmas Gift

By C. S. Williams on Dec 22, 2016 From Classic Film Aficionados

Glimpses of the Portrait of Jennie in 1948: Portrait of Jennie had its general public premier on Christmas Day, 1948, at the Carthay Circle Theater, located at 6316 San Vicente Boulevard, Los Angeles, California; a more than fifteen-hundred seat theater, with nearly one-thousand on the main floor. T... Read full article


Portrait of Jennie and the Wisdom of Ethel Barrymore

By Virginie Pronovost on Aug 18, 2016 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

The Barrymore. Ah, that legendary family of actors! Ethel, John and Lionel, the three siblings were children of Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Emma Drew, themselves actors. Acting in the family kept going on as the years passed. John and his?third wife,?Dolores Costello, also an actress, had a son,... Read full article


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Quotes from

Jennie Appleton: Eben... I want always just to sit and watch you paint.
Eben Adams: Now that I've found the perfect model, I'll paint her again and again.
Jennie Appleton: No, I-I didn't mean that... I mean I want you to paint all the beautiful things in the world.
Eben Adams: [smiles, holds her tight] You're the most beautiful thing in the world.


Eben Adams: I want you, not dreams of you!


Jennie Appleton: I wish that you would wait for me to grow up so that we could always be together.


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Bernard Herrmann was hired to write an original background score and did compose several themes but due to various production delays as well as the fact that Herrmann was tiring of David O. Selznick's demands, he dropped out and was replaced by Dimitri Tiomkin who, at the insistence of Selznick, ended up using themes by Claude Debussy. At the time Tiomkin was condemned by his colleagues for his adaptations. All that remains of Herrmann's contribution is the haunting song sung by Jennie entitled "Where I Come From, Nobody Knows".
Feature film debut of David Wayne, Nancy Davis (future First Lady) and Nancy Olsen.
Special effects: Although almost the entire film is in black and white, the tidal wave sequence towards the end is shown in green tint, and the final shot of the completed portrait of Jennie is in full Technicolor. The original theatrical releases in Los Angeles (Carthay Circle Theatre), New York (Rivoli Theatre) and Boston (Esquire & Mayflower Theatres) presented the tidal wave sequence in Magnascope on the Cycloramic screen with Multi-Sound. The Cycloramic screen was claimed to be more reflective than regular screens with no distortion visible from any seat in the theatre, Multi-Sound was an early version of a Surround Sound-type speaker installation. Bosley Crowther, film critic for the New York Times, described it as "a howling hurricane that will blast you out of your seat."
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