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Largely thanks to an eccentric supporting cast, which includes Jack Lemmon as Gillian's warlock brother, Hermione Gingold as a fruity nightclub owner and Elsa Lanchester as Gillian's dotty aunt, the film has a delightfully off-centre quality. It's also a bittersweet allegory about being different. "We forfeit everything and then we end up in a little world of separateness from everyone", sighs Gillian. Novak is at the height of her beauty and here, as in her other 1958 triumph Vertigo (also with Stewart), her other-worldly quality fits the character so perfectly that her thespian limitations are well disguised. It's entrancing in every sense.
On the DVD: Bell, Book and Candle's vibrant Technicolor explodes from the screen in this DVD release, which is enhanced for 16:9 widescreen televisions. Everything looks fresh and new--particularly the exotic nightclub scenes--and the mono soundtrack has lasted well. Extras include selected filmographies and original trailers, and detailed background in the booklet notes. --Piers Ford
This film has the charisma of both truly entertaining lead stars. Stewart and Novak are paired again after the success of the film called Vertigo. Read morePublished 11 days ago by MR Ian Tait
Caught this on Film 4 one day and I couldn't wait to watch it again. One of those movies that just makes you completely switch off, relax and let the world pass you by... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Sacha-Annalisa Scott
They certainly dont make them like this anymore.
Great cinematography, super colours and super writing. Acting is top notch. Read more
Well worth a look, even if only for Jack Lemon. ELISA Lanchester makes an appearance as well. Dig those groovy hep cat witches!Published 1 month ago by Andrew I. Ferguson
Interesting James Stewart and Kim Novak movie. Good storyline and very amusing and worth watching.Published 1 month ago by colinc