The book the bell and the candle

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the book the bell and the candle

Bell, Book and Candle by John Van Druten

It rarely gets an airing on TV any more, but this movie starring Jimmy Stewart is one of the best festive films ever, says David Barnett… and no, not the one you think. Think of Christmas movies, and what springs to mind? For me, Christmas is witches and warlocks, bongos and beatniks, a classic golden age Hollywood pairing and, hands down, one of the finest and most criminally underrated festive movies of all time. I am, of course, talking about Bell, Book and Candle. Our scene opens in a shop selling African art and artefacts, where a handsome cat with coldly-burning eyes of intelligent blue leaps on to the shoulder of Hitchcock blonde Kim Novak. Bell, Book and Candle was released on Christmas Day , and was a hit. For another, Gillian — along with her eccentric aunt Queenie played by the original Bride of Frankenstein, Elsa Lanchester and her brother Nicky, a superb turn by Jack Lemmon — is a witch.
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The phrase is actually a reference to the Catholic excommunication ritual. Although many suspect witches have been excommunicated in Europe and in the U. Finally, a candle is blown out, symblozing the soul being banned to eternal darkness, no longer privy to the light of God or to His Word.

Bell, book, and candle

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Its origins are not clear, but it dates back certainly to the late 9th century. The bell represented the public character of the act, the book the authority of the words spoken by the presiding bishop. The candle was believed to symbolize the possibility that the ban might be lifted by the repentance and amendment of its victim. The ceremony was performed in some conspicuous place, and, upon its termination, letters were written to bishops of other sees to report the fact. When the assemblage had been convoked, a bishop appeared with 12 priests, and all 13 held lighted candles.


  1. Lissette P. says:

    It stars Kim Novak as a witch who casts a spell on her neighbor, played by James Stewart.

  2. Durandana D. says:

    Bell, book, and candle - Wikipedia

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