Portrait of Jennie (1948)
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The list 'More Noirs from TSPDT' stretches the definition of 'Noir' quite a bit.. but I think this one takes the stretch to just about breaking point. I'm not saying it's a bad film.. just.. well, don't expect anything more Noir-ish than some shadows...
It's a bizarre little film, with a story I find rather incredible for the era. An artist (Joseph Cotten) is unnoticeably drawn to the past where he meets a strange young girl called Jennie (Jennifer Jones) who gets older with each meeting. He falls in love with her and investigating her life, attempts to change her fate. No explanation is given for the time travel as such, it's psychic in nature. The characters are drawn together by some unfathomable connection, a metaphor for love. While some of the era's trappings come off as cheesy today (overuse of voice-over, very heavy-handed music), it surprises with stylish flourishes, most of them motivated. Canvas-like treatment as we enter landscapes, interesting angles, an intense tidal wave sequence, and some surprises I won't spoil besides. A fantastical and even metaphysical romance that will intrigue, at the very least.
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This movie ranks #80 in iCheckMovies's 1940s Top 100
This movie ranks #388 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #664 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #730 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #919 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films