U.S., 104 min, 1947, 2K DCP, Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Not Rated
"The Ghost and Mrs. Muir easily could have stumbled into melodrama or dramedy. It works as well as it does because of understatement, and it’s still a charming and captivating film more than 60 years later." – James Plath, Movie Metropolis
A timeless ghost story just in time for Halloween. Here’s what the New York Film Festival had to say about it three years ago in their tribute to director Joseph L. Mankiewicz: “This delicately funny, poignant, and haunting film seems to have grown in resonance over the years. Mankiewicz’s love affair with Gene Tierney had ended by the time shooting started, but you would never know it from the way he and DP Charles Lang photograph her. Rex Harrison, whom Mankiewicz referred to as his “Stradivarius,” gave the first of four performances for the director as the ghost of a sea captain who appears before Tierney’s young widow Lucy Muir and dictates his “memoirs” to her; George Sanders is the children’s author who temporarily steals Mrs. Muir’s heart. Fox’s period pieces were always a cut above everyone else’s, and their vision of a seaside village in Edwardian England is one of their supreme achievements. And the score is by Bernard Herrmann at his very best. In short, a convergence of remarkable talents that resulted in a truly great film.” Enjoy!
This screening of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is made possible by a generous donation from the Harry & Mary Perrin Fund of the Coral Gables Community Foundation and hosted by Don & Jeannett Slesnick.
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