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A struggling artist from the great depression era, searching for inspiration, finds a Muse with a pretty but odd young girl in this very fine and beautiful piece of 1940’s Hollywood craftsmanship.

Between romance and fantasy, this picture offers a great match on screen with actors Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotton (he won the Best actor Award at the Venice film Festival). This is one of German born director William Dieterle great films and is also the last film shot by great cinematographer Joseph H. August who died before the end of production receiving a posthumous Oscar nomination. Lee Garmes finished shooting the film and the black and white imagery, often dreamlike is gorgeous.

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