πŸŽ₯ Blithe Spirit – 1945

The Story …

Seeking background material for an occult-based novel he is working on, writer Charles Condomine invites eccentric medium Madame Arcati to his home in Lympne, Kent, to conduct a sΓ©ance.

As Charles, his wife Ruth and their guests, George and Violet Bradman barely restrain themselves from laughing, Madame Arcati performs peculiar rituals and finally goes into a trance. Charles then hears the voice of his dead first wife, Elvira.

When he discovers that the others cannot hear her, he evasively passes off his odd behaviour as a joke. When Arcati recovers, she is certain that something extraordinary has occurred, but everyone else denies it …

After Madame Arcati and the Bradmans have left, Charles is unable to convince Ruth that he was not joking. Elvira soon appears in the room, but only to Charles. He becomes both dismayed and amused by the situation.

He tries to convince Ruth that Elvira is present, but Ruth thinks Charles is trying to play her for the fool, so becoming rather upset, she quickly retires for the night. The following evening, Elvira reappears, further confounding the situation.

Relations between Charles and Ruth become strained until he persuades Elvira to act as a poltergeist and transport a vase and a chair in front of his current wife, Ruth. As Elvira continues her antics, Ruth becomes frightened and runs out of the room.

Ruth seeks Madame Arcati’s help in sending Elvira back to where she came from, but the medium confesses that she does not know quite how to do so. Ruth warns her disbelieving husband that Elvira is seeking to be reunited with him by arranging his mortal demise. However, ghostly Elvira’s mischievous plan backfires; as a result, it is Ruth, not Charles, who drives off in the car she has tampered with and ends up dead.

A vengeful Ruth, now too in spirit form, harasses Elvira to the point where she wants to depart the earthly realm.

The story unfolds …

Credits :

  • Directed by : David Lean

  • Screenplay by : David Lean, Ronald Neame, Anthony and Havelock-Allan

  • Based on : Blithe Spirit 1941 Play by NoΓ«l Coward

  • Produced by : NoΓ«l Coward

  • Cinematography : Ronald Neame

  • Edited by : Jack Harris

  • Music by : Richard Addinsell

  • Production Company : Two Cities Films

  • Release Date : 14 May 1945

Cast :

  • Rex Harrison as Charles Condomine

  • Constance Cummings as Ruth Condomine

  • Kay Hammond as ElviraΒ  Condomine

  • Margaret Rutherford as Madame Arcati

  • Hugh Wakefield as Doctor George Bradman

  • Joyce Carey as Violet Bradman

  • Jacqueline Clarke as Edith Marie

  • Ault as Cook

  • Johnnie Schofield as Man directing traffic

  • NoΓ«l Coward as the Narrator

Film Information :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blithe_Spirit_(1945_film)

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