Nearly homeless, hungry, and ready to give up, Eben Adams (Joseph Cotten), encounters a little girl named Jennie Appleton (Jennifer Jones) in Central Park in New York City. Jennie is wearing clothes from an older period and she ends up creating a sketch from her memory involving him with his art dealer Miss Spinney (Ethel Barrymore), who sees the potential in Eben’s work. She suggests that she paint a portrait of Jennie.
Throughout the film, Eben runs into Jennie seemingly at random at first. However, Jennie appears strange and questions arise when she seems to be aging with each encounter. She also remembers events that he went through many years prior as she seems to ages.
Eben of course eventually learns the truth about the mysterious little girl who becomes a woman right before his eyes…
Portrait of Jennie is based on the novella by Robert Nathan. Directed by William Dieterle and stars Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten. This is a beautiful film and your lady friend will thank you for this fantasy chick flick. 🙂
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