Is Blithe Spirit (2020) a great movie or even a decent adaption of the Noël Coward play? Not really. But is it a gorgeously costumed and art-directed frothy excursion into the 1930s? Hells yeah. This is an Art Deco confection, top to bottom, from the very first scene to the last, so if that’s your jam, you will want to watch it and ogle all the pretty. I mean, 1930s isn’t even my jam but I was engrossed in the interior design of the main house that’s the setting of the story and all the wardrobe details of the main characters. Yeah, it’s that good.
Set in England 1937, the story begins with mystery writer Charles (Dan Stevens) suffering from writer’s block and being a jerk to everyone around him, especially his second wife, Ruth (Isla Fisher). He gets an idea to have a spiritualist, Madame Arcati (Judi Dench) performa a seance as inspiration for his writing. This accidentally conjures up the ghost of his first wife, Elvira (Leslie Mann).
But whatever, let’s just look at this gorgeous flick! Much of it was filmed at Joldwynds, a modernist-style home built in 1932 that had previously been used for several episodes of Poirot.
The interior is FILLED with drool-worthy period furniture.
OK, some minor costumes…
Even the extras / minor characters have smart ensembles:
Elvira is the real clothes-horse, even though she’s a ghost.
Another great costume and interior pairing:
At the garden party, all the ladies are in florals…
Do you love 1930s fashion or interior design? Will you give Blithe Spirit a whirl?