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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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 I'm afraid imagination such as this has long been replaced by the logical cinema.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."
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.