Although not accepted by the critics at the time, Portrait of Jennie is now regarded as a classic. It boasts another fine performance from Joseph Cotten, who plays the role of Edem Adams, the struggling artist, with a lot of sensitivity and even a sense of loneliness. The talented and beautiful Jennifer Jones is enchanting as well as quite haunting as the mysterious Jennie Appleton! What is also remarkable about this film is Dimitri Tiomkin's use of themes from Debussy in his score and the atmospheric cinematography by Joseph August. It is also finely directed by William Dieterle. Although a black and white film for the most part, the producer (David O' Selznick, who had produced Gone With The Wind almost ten years earlier) added a tinted colour sequence near the end of the film and the final shot is shown in technicolor. Portrait of Jennie is only one of the first films to have no title sequences at the beginning.
Although the narrative does not always flow smoothly, Portrait of Jennie is a haunting, beautiful and compelling film. Unique and completely unforgettable! RATING *****