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247 Ratings

Blithe Spirit

Directed by David Lean
United Kingdom, 1945
Comedy, Fantasy


Charles, a novelist, cheekily invites a medium to his house to conduct a séance, hoping the experience will inspire a book he’s working on. The unfortunate result is that Charles’ first wife Elvira returns from beyond the grave to make his life something of a misery.

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Blithe Spirit Directed by David Lean

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1947 | Winner: Best Effects, Special Effects

Hugo Awards

1946 | Nominee: Best Dramatic Presentation

Critics reviews

Between Topper and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, the supernatural ménage of wartime England, staged by David Lean as an elegant fissure between the clipped precision of aristocratic manners and the great unknown beyond the drawing-room. While preserving Coward’s brittle repartee, the camera is grateful for a chance to track wordlessly through billowing curtains and doors that open and close by themselves, and to fiddle with the various gradations of Denham Technicolor.
January 01, 2010
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