Friday, November 16, 2012


 Gillian Holroyd (Kim Novak) with her cat, Pyewacket in "Bell, Book and Candle"

A couple of excellent entries in the movie rewatch.

Vertigo (1958)

Former detective John "Scottie" Ferguson (James Stewart ) is hired as a private investigator
to follow Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak ) - the wife of a friend who believes she may be possessed by the spirit of her great-grandmother.
The title refers to Scottie's medical condition - acrophobia or fear of heights - which is the
reason for his early retirement from his job as a detective.
I always find it quite uncomfortable watching the normally down to earth good guy James Stewart
playing such a mentally disturbed individual. His character's obsessive behaviour is very unnerving.
Kim Novak successfully characterizes three separate characters - Madeleine, Carlotta
Valdes and Judy Barton - largely with subtle changes to her voice.
Very clever film. I'd forgotten many of the finer details so it was like watching it for the first time.


Bell, Book and Candle (1958)

James Stewart and Kim Novak team up again in this story about witchcraft in New York. Super stylish witch, Gillian Holroyd (Novak) casts a spell on her neighbour Shep Henderson (Stewart) to make him fall in love with her. Funny, sweet and very "hip".
Favourite things :
 Gillian's cat/familiar Pyewacket is one of the best movie cats ever. How do you train a cat to do the
things he does? I'm intrigued.
 Gillian's clothes! She wears the most amazing outfits - always black, red or leopard print. Wish I could have screencapped them all!


1 comment:

librarygirl said...

I looooooooove those two films!