Taking a break from the Pandemic of the 21st Century, we switch to something completely different.
I first saw the 1945 version of Blithe Spirit on Bill Collins ‘Golden Years of Hollywood’ in Australia, (sometime in the 80’s) where he would entertain us with all sorts of ‘Hollywood-ish’ anecdotes from that era before he presented the film of the week. It was where I fell in love with movies, and I owe a great deal of the vast collection of movie trivia tucked away in the dusty corners of my brain to him.
The 1945 version starred the delightfully dotty Dame Margaret Rutherford as the delightfully dotty Madam Arcati.
In this (to be released in May, but that’s probably not going to happen now, unless it goes straight toDVD/streaming) 2020 version, Dame Judi Dench (who isn’t at all dotty) takes up the banner, and looks to do the dottiness justice …
Just like the rest of the world, the entertainment industry is being turned upside down too … productions shutting down, releases being delayed, etc. I wonder if we’ll see the likes of movies making hundreds of millions of dollars on the first weekend of their release again … interesting, and uncertain, times indeed.