“ Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 1945 / Universal, suitable for all / Director: David Lean / Actors: Rex Harrison, Kay Hammond, Margaret Rutherford, Joyce Carey, Constance Cummings ... / DVD released 2008-09-15 at ITV DVD / Features of the DVD: Black & White, PAL „
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Blithe spirit is a black and white comedy released in 1945. This is a classic film featuring some great actors such as Rex Harrison, Kay Hammond and my favourite Margaret Rutherford, all classic actors of that era. The film is adapted from a play by Noel Coward another classic face of the era.
Blithe spirirt centres around Charles and his second wife Ruth. Charles wishes to write a new book and as research he recruits Madame Arcati a local mystic / medium to perform a seance.
His plan backfires as this conjures up his ex deceased wife Elvira who only he can see, this consequently makes him look a bit mad in everyones eyes.
His wife becomes increasingly frustrated by his odd behaviour, while his ex wife feels jealous of his new wife and sets out to cause mischief. Madame Arcati (Rutherford) is called back in to little avail which escalates the circumstances...
The acting is top class and one of Rex Harrisons best performances, the comedy element is increased by Margaret Rutherfords performance as the dizzy and a little eccentric Madame Arcati, the comedy is well thought out considering its dealing with the subject of death but it is portrayed in such a light hearted way that there is no danger of feeling saddened in any way.
This is a real must see for any black and white film fan particularly of this era, the story itself is very unique added with a great supporting cast makes this a must for your dvd collection.