Watching: Bell, Book and Candle (1958)
If there ever was a movie that begged to be remade not because it needs to be remade, but simply to bring attention to the original…this is it!
What a wonderful cast, what a wonderful Christmas movie. Why doesn’t this romantic comedy get shown every year at Christmas? It must be being overlooked! James Stewart, Kim Novak, a wonderful Jack Lemmon, Elsa Lanchester.
Kim Novak is at her most sultry, playing a witch who wants to have a normal boyfriend and a normal Christmas. Of course she gets it and him in the end, but it’s a fun ride getting there. Also, I LOVE watching the background art – it’s so typical of the time, Eamesish, Cubist, primitive.
Oh my gosh, I just IMDB.com’d it, and it IS being remade!
And here’s a youtube trailer for it. Oddly, I can’t find any clips and I find it hard to believe no one’s parsed it yet, but maybe the film clips are just getting squeezed out by the videos of a band of the same name.