Bell, Book And Candle (1958)

RICHARD QUINE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1958.  , .  Screenplay by , based on the play by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by Charles Nelson.  

As Gillian Holroyd, a modern day witch living in New York’s Greenwich Village,  finds herself falling in love with her upstairs neighbour (James Stewart, Novak’s co-star from Vertigo the same year) and to get him to fall in love with her, she casts a magic spell on him.  The old guy should be so lucky that the most appealing woman in the world who is responsible for the spontaneous puberty of millions of youngsters would even dare to look his way. Apart from that, the film boasts beautiful photography, snazzy outfits and some genuinely amusing moments, nothing that amounts to much but an enjoyable little affair all the same. Jack Lemmon plays Novak’s wizard brother, and as usual, he’s a big Virginia ham.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Art Direction; Best Costume Design

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Picture-Comedy

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