Sunday 24 January 2016

Portrait of Jennie (1948)

An exploration of the concept of a muse? A sentimental love story? A dark fantasy? Perhaps all these and more, David Selznick's ode to his future wife, 'Portrait of Jennie' is certainly a stirring watch.

So put your lights off, and watch it at night with nothing to interfere with the scenes of canvas-painted New England and New York, or Jennifer Jones' luminous beauty.

It is the story of a struggling and depressed artist, Eben Adams who meets a little girl in a park in NYC and mistakenly picks up her scarf. Or perhaps it is the story of a girl who died too soon but achieved immortality through her capacity for love. And then again, perhaps it's about the ageing spinster who manages an art dealership and sees in the impoverished artist the ability to achieve greatness with the right inspiration.

After all, the artist is a brave man or woman, choosing to do what must be done over what can. 

So if he needs a ghost, an imaginary friend, or a timelessly beautiful phantom to accomplish his goals, don't grudge him his muse.

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