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Plot: To get background for a new book, author Charles Condomine (Sir Rex Harrison) and his second wife Ruth (Constance Cummings) light-heartedly arrange for local mystic Madame Arcati (Dame Margaret Rutherford) to give a séance. The unfortunate result is that Charles' first wife Elvira (Kay Hammond)… Runtime: 96 min Release Date: 14 May 1945
"Being John Malkovich", eat your heart out! (by Movie Mac)
I saw this movie after I read a recommendation in the TV guide and had never heard of it, but when I heard it was directed by David Lean, I was there. Wasn't I pleasantly surprised at what I saw! A genuine work of imagination; charming, witty, and slyly dark in tone although it was filmed in technicolour . I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am comparing it to the recent "Being John Malkovich" because the way both films are employed is in a similar way. I wouldn't dream of revealing plot details here, but if you've seen "Malkovich" and liked it, I recommend this one.It <more>
is interesting that David Lean the "master of the epic" made a film like this in his prime. It just goes to show that his films aren't long, boring melodramas. They can be imaginative, funny and entertaining. I enjoyed "Lawrence of Arabia", but "Blithe Spirit" really surprised me!10/10 !
A comic masterpiece with all the right ingredients (by SATURIASIS)
Noel Coward wrote Blithe Spirit in 5 days during Britain's darkest days of the Second World War. The play completed 3 decades as Britain's longest run in West End for a comedic play. The film which was adapted from the play was directed by David Lean and incorporated some of the most sophisticated special effects yet seen in a movie. The film tackles some dark themes such as death and falling in and out of love. The characters themselves are on the face of it unsympathetic. Elvira is a siren, Ruth is shrewish and Charles a misogynist. Despite this the film works well as a comedy <more>
because of the quick and clever dialogue between the characters and the scene stealing performances of Margaret Rutherford's Madame Arcarti. You end laughing at and sometimes with the characters as one would do a Shakespeare comedy. Never has a film about death been so funny
I really enjoyed this film! My middle daughter is a big Margaret Rutherford fan and she really excelled in this. Constance Cummings was also brilliant in her part and I think it is sad that she did not excel in film afterwards for whatever reason. I only heard about this film a number of months ago and since buying it on DVD I have watched it a number of times and still enjoy it.Its a film from a "bygone" era so to speak as they really don't make films like these anymore.I would highly recommend this film and would have no hesitation in giving it a 10 out of 10!!
Outstanding Performances left for Posterity (by Mark Whiston)
Noel Coward wrote this play whilst holidaying in Wales with Joyce Carey. Originally produced in 1941 at London's Piccadilly Theatre this screenplay follows closely the original dialogue and both Margaret Rutherford and Kay Hammond reprise their West-End roles. N.B. Rex Harrison never played Charles Condomine on stage and was criticised severely by Noel Coward for not having the required comic timing and being too 'straight'. However, the feeling of the original play comes over well, although the main change happens at the end where Charles also dies to join his wives. Margaret <more>
Rutherford is the real star here putting in a performance which was completely overlooked at the 'Oscars' which in those days American actors were normally the nominees. The role of Madame Arcati made her a star and 'Blithe Spirit' is now engraved on her tombstone. A fitting tribute to one of Britain's greatest comediennes.
It was not old Mrs. Plunkett who was summoned (by theowinthrop)
Rex Harrison is Charles Condimine, a prominent novelist whose first wife Elvira Kay Hammond died of flu-type illness . His second wife, Ruth Constance Cummings is planning to assist his research into the occult for a new novel. This includes a dinner party where a local medium Madame Arcati - Margaret Rutherford is invited to hold a séance. So far it seems simple. Harrison and Cummings treat the whole matter as a joke politely, of course , but just before the séance begins Madame Arcati requests some music - and Ruth finds a recording of Irving Berlin's song "Always" <more>
and puts it on. Charles shows disquiet at this the first time that happens , but despite protests the record is put in. And as a result, when Madame Arcati puts the record on she manages to contact Elvira, who shows up much to Charles increasing panic . "Always", you see, was her favorite tune.So begins Noel Coward's and David Lean's film version of BLITHE SPIRIT. It is, technically, the best of the three films based on Coward's classic comedies the other two are PRIVATE LIVES and DESIGN FOR LIVING . Note, for example, the way Elvira is colored green in the film-stock. But in it's way it is flawed just as they are. Enough remains, however, for an above average comedy.To it's credit it revealed Margaret Rutherford as the delightful, eccentric comic actress who would help push British comedies in the 1950s and 1960s until she became the first popular Mrs. Marple, and an Oscar winner for THE V.I.P.S . Look at her trances, as her voice assumes that of the little girl with a runny nose who is her contact with the other side.Rex Harrison gave one of his best comic performances as a realistic man caught in a occult nightmare when Arcati says the spirit she contacts wants to speak to Charles, it is suggested that it is the recently deceased "old Mrs. Plunkett" who wants to speak to him - a surprised and annoyed Harrison asks, "Why should old Mrs. Plunkett want to speak to me?" It's a typical response. As the two warring wives, Hammond and Cummings are quite good, the former all frivolous and fun loving, the latter more down-to-earth and serious. But both love Charles, although not blind to his real flaws. Nor, as it turns out, is he blind to theirs.The film is better than Lubitsch's DESIGN FOR LIVING. That one had some nice touches in it I mentioned Edward Everett Horton's "Honeymoon" kick in my review of that film , but it was censored in revealing the bi-sexuality of the characters played by Cooper and March. Here the flaw is that the end is tampered with for a final joke, but while cute and ironic it hurts the way Coward ended his play.I saw Richard Chamberlain and Geraldine Page in her last role as Madame Arcati in a stage production in the late 1980s. The play ends with Charles free to leave and continue with his life indeed, Madame Arcati urges him to go . But he first tells off his two wives, and leaves them trapped together. Coward favored that particular ending - it was more in line with his theme in the play that even the happiest marriages flounder in part because of personality clashes, and attempts by wives to control husbands that just lie under the surface. It is not dismissed in the film - on the contrary the theme is broadly shown - but the film suggests that it is impossible to escape this. It is not going to ruin watching the film, but it does weaken Coward's vision of things.
Spiritual mirth is a joyous thing. (by Spikeopath)
Blithe Spirit is directed by David Lean and adapted from by Noel Coward's play by Lean, Coward, Ronald Neame and Anthony Havelock-Allan. The title Blithe Spirit was devised out of the poem by "To a Skylark" written by Percy Bysshe Shelley. The film stars Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, Kay Hammond and Margaret Rutherford. Music is by Richard Addinsell and Neame is the photographer. Plot finds Charles Harrison and his second wife Ruth Cummings haunted by the ghost of Charles' first wife, Elvira Hammond . Medium Madame Arcati Rutherford is enlisted to try and help. <more>
Things get colourful to say the least...Written by a maestro and directed by someone so gifted, Blithe Spirit is a fantastical comedy that gladdens and lifts the spirits no pun intended to the point that this viewer always wears a grin 12 hours after watching it. Noel Coward's witty approach is given perfect treatment from David Lean and a cast clearly having fun with the material to hand. Rex Harrison is all fresh faced and youthful, whilst some of his mannerisms of incredulity and cheek are a joy to behold, while Constance Cummings & Kay Hammond bounce off each other with electrical mirth. However, it is Margaret Rutherford's show all the way, her portrayal of the batty, almost maniacal, medium Madame Arcati is a lesson in visual and well delivered oral comedy, it is something that on its own is worth watching the film for.Ghostly goings on with a cracking turn of events at the hour mark, mark this out as a truly delightful movie, thankfully we get an ending that is perfect and in tune as regards the fun that has gone before it. Essential viewing for the classic comedy fan. 9/10
I taped this from UK Channel 4 on 20th Dec '90 - it has a better soundtrack than the admittedly budget DVD from Carlton. The Technicolor is still sumptuous, clever and thought-provoking however and overall it doesn't need remastering - just turn the volume up! Noel Coward's witty play transferred to the ghastly green screen perfectly, in 1945 it was as wildly old-fashioned as "Brief Encounter" was in 1936 on stage as "Still Life". But same as that film and almost everything Coward did from the '20's to the '40's, it remains eminently watchable <more>
and a riveting experience.Basically Rex Harrison's dead 1st wife is summoned back in a séance to the "real world" much to his and his 2nd wife's consternation. A marvellous cast mainly depicting erudite and splendidly eccentric English so-called "middle-class" - because they had to work for a living hence they were all highly paid working class - an amusing concept Coward would have violently and amusingly disagreed with. Margaret Rutherford takes the prize for the most eccentric performance as ever flailing never failing Madame Arcati the lively spiritualist. The dialogue is urbane, brisk and witty throughout, so a thorough knowledge of English language and English customs up to 1945 is essential to getting the most from this.That can also mean that although it helps you don't have to be English and live in England to enjoy it. A previous non-blithe commenter with apparently no sense of humour from the UK displayed a complete non-understanding, non-interest and non-acceptance of anything British and must desire complete separation from anything to do with Britain - probably apart from the passport. What would the ghosts of 1945 say if they could come back today and realise that a classic such as this can be dismissed so negatively?
This is the second of three collaborations in film done in the mid 1940's between David Lean as a Director and playwright Noel Coward including This Happy Breed and Brief Encounter. This is an early film in Lean's directorial career who would of course go on to make such major films as Doctor Zhivago, The Bridge on the River Kwai and A Passage to India. Coward produces and narrates this film as well. A great cast with Rex Harrison as a novelist, Constance Cummings as his second wife, Kay Hammond as his first wife and Margaret Rutherford as the medium Madame Arcadi. This is a fun <more>
fantasy/comedy/romantic story. I haven't seen this in years. I would give it an 8.0 of a scale of 10.
This is a movie version of Noel Coward's play by the same name. Apparently Coward thought this film from David Lean was simply awful actually, that's an understatement--see the IMDb trivia for what he actually said , but I enjoyed it nevertheless and don't know what upset him so. It seemed like all good fun.Charles Rex Harrison is married to Ruth Constance Cummings . Seven years earlier, he'd been married to Elvira Kay Hammond but she died of pneumonia, so not surprisingly he remarried. However, when the wife invites a goofy psychic Margaret Rutherford to the house to <more>
have a séance with some friends, VERY unexpected things result. It seems that Charles' old dead wife has now somehow returned and no one other than Charles seems to think she's there. In fact, Ruth thinks he's crazy! But, when Elvira is able to throw things about the house, Ruth is finally convinced. At first, it's just an odd annoyance. However, when Elvira decides to kill Charles so that he can join her in the afterlife, things get VERY strange and unexpected consequences result. I'd say more, but it might spoil all the fun.The film is quite fun and the acting is nice. It's simple, silly fun--and perhaps Coward wanted more out of the film, but I think for me that's quite enough to make it worth seeing.