David Lean’s delightful film version of Noël Coward’s theater sensation stars Rex Harrison as a novelist who cheekily invites a medium to his house to conduct a séance, hoping the experience will inspire a book he’s working on.
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35mm. Above all, it's the technicolor by the ever-great Natalie Kalmus which stand out here, as well as an irreproachable performance by the actors, well orchestrated by Lean, who, however, doesn't go beyond the play that adapts and take it beyond the consolidated values.
David Lean's delightful adaptation of Noel Coward's play may be a bit of a departure for Lean, but it's nevertheless a fun, if frothy film. Telling the story of a wealthy man whose seance with a loony medium accidentally conjures the ghost of his dead wife, BLITHE SPIRIT is a spirited and entertaining post-war comedy that served as an antidote for a nation pulling themselves out of the rubble of WWII.
Pleasant, if a little too gin-and-soda in its tart repartee and all-too-knowingly sparkling dialogue. Not much of a film - Lean seems rather hidebound behind those fabled French doors - and it’s too often cast in a ghastly green pall for the ghostly apparitions. However it’s performed with a certain pinched flair and passes the time amicably enough.
Light and airy comedy that is entertaining enough but ultimately amounts to an only decent overall picture. There are some pretty good moments of comedy, and Margaret Rutherford is genuinely hilarious throughout, being the center and best thing about every scene she is in. The rest of the cast are serviceable, but mostly just okay, none really standing out more than the others.
What a fun romp. "Charles dear, perhaps there's something pressing on your brain." This film is just so magnificently splendid. Characters bent on characterization of their caricature -true comedic dimension. I'm afraid imagination such as this has long been replaced by the logical cinema. "If we're not very careful she'll materialize a hockey team."
Another great performance by Constance Cummings. She really is just so underrated. One of my fav actresses now after seeing upwards of ten of her films. Lean and Coward go together like grilled cheese and tomato soup here. The technicolor adds to the richness of this unique little film. The dialog is beyond witty and makes you sad for how screenplays have gone to shit since the 70s. Great recent restoration. 5 stars