Blithe Spirit (1945)

Blithe Spirit (1945), directed by David Lean.

It's unwise to hold a seance even for laughs: what if your first wife returns from beyond and moves in? This seriously complicates relations with the second missus.

Coolly witty with much sexual innuendo flying by but leaving no mark at all. The zany medium is supposed to be a figure of fun, but is more likeable than the bloodless hero or either of his wives. Still, all the actors are fine and it's a gorgeous drawing-room comedy.

From a Noel Coward play. He produced the film but was unhappy with the result, saying that Lean had drained the comedy from the story.

Criterion Blu-ray with lovely detail and Technicolor image. Are British and US Technicolor different? Each has a distinct look.