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3.5
443 Ratings

I Married a Witch

Directed by René Clair
United States, 1942
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Synopsis

A beautiful 17th-century witch returns to life to plague politician Wallace Wooley, descendant of her persecutor.

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I Married a Witch Directed by René Clair

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1943 | Nominee: Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture

The antipathy [between Lake and March] seems pretty obvious to me but I must say that I’ve only been able to appreciate Lake when she’s matched with the equally diminutive Alan Ladd, two hardboiled Dresden dolls in “This Gun for Hire” and “The Blue Dahlia.” More entertaining than Lake’s dopey affection for March is her war with his fiancée, played by Susan Hayward—an unequal battle of two Brooklyn babes.
October 26, 2013
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As [Lake and March] play off one another, Clair’s imagery breaks down the sense of a world dictated by the logics of science or anything resembling reason, and thus inventively conveys an exhilarating sense of the madness of love.
October 14, 2013
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Shadows and gloom dominate the visual palette from the grim opening shots, but Clair always finds a way to add a peevish glint of light among the darkness that points to the film’s softer aims. Unfussy frames nevertheless display a precise control that hides visual gags in plain sight.
October 09, 2013
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