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What’s your favorite Jennifer Jones film?

Posted: April 7, 2017
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing

This weekend’s classic is Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, a 1955 romantic drama starring Jennifer Jones and William Holden, directed by Henry King. Adapted from Han Suyin’s best-selling autobiographical 1952 novel A Many-Splenoured Thing, the film version is yet another example of Hollywood’s post-war fascination with the international destinations that audiences had become familiar with during the war, yet now reframed to emphasize romance and the exotic scenery. Set in 1949 shortly after the war, Jennifer Jones portrays author Han Suyin, a widowed doctor working at a Hong Kong hospital perched high on a scenic hill above the city.

This week’s question: What’s your favorite Jennifer Jones film?

“Surely one of the most remarkable stars of Hollywood, Jones created a carefully chosen filmography, thanks as much to her own strong will as to the power of her influential husband David O. Selznick,” said host Richard Peña. “I’d have to say my favorite is one that’s not seen that much, Powell and Pressburger’s Gone to Earth, from 1950. Powell sensed what was unique about Jones on screen, and used it to great advantage in his film about a ‘wild girl.’”

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