Wednesday, August 4, 2010

#257: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

1947, TSPDT Rank #622

This is probably one of the most loved Mankiewicz films (other than All About Eve), and it is quite likable. The script is pretty good, and very workable, but it wouldn't have worked as well if the film wasn't casted so well. The scenes of dialogue between Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison are the best in the film, because they play out like pieces of music. Tierney's gentle and almost dreamy voice produces flowing sentences, which are countered by Harrison's rough, staccato sailor's way of speaking. I guess you could categorize The Ghost and Mrs. Muir as a romantic fantasy, but that doesn't account for the many subtle shifts in genre and tone throughout the film. Because of this, it seems to be somewhat of an all-encompassing film, and also very accessible - suitable to any kind of viewer, at least one who doesn't find it too sentimental. I didn't find it to be perfect, but it has the right amount of charm, and just the right actors, to make it a very enjoyable movie.

(Rating: 7/10)

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