Bell, Book and Candle
It’s Greenwich Village in the 1960s, and amid the beatniks and the squares lives a community of witches and warlocks with a penchant for jazz clubs and herb shops. One of the most powerful witches of her generation is Gillian (Kim Novak), a louche lady who slinks around barefoot while running her own African art store. Her warlock brother Nicky plays the bongos at the local magic hang-out, The Zodiac Club, and her trouble-maker aunt Queenie (Elsa Lanchester) lives upstairs. When mortal publisher Shep (James Stewart) moves into the same building, the restless Gillian decides to place a love spell on him using her feline familiar Pyewacket, upending his life, career and romantic engagements.
Why You Should See This Film
This is a rare chance to see this underrated gem in a cinema. Made in the same year as Hitchcock’s Vertigo, with the same two leads of Novak and Stewart, Bell, Book and Candle is the only film we can think of that boast all of the following: Christmas, New Year’s, witches, warlocks, beatniks, Greenwich Village, a painter whose work looks suspiciously like that of Joan Miro, a secret magical speak-easy and an all-star cast.
Presented by Elements Rising – #6 SAGITTARIUS
Elements Rising is a monthly series curated by Matt Lennon (Libra Sun / Scorpio Rising) and Kate Jinx (Leo Sun / Gemini Rising) that explores the cinematic side of each Zodiac sign.
PRE-FILM TAROT READINGS WITH SOUTHERN SPELLS
Pair your ticket with a pre-film tarot reading courtesy of Southern Spells. Held in our beautiful bar between 6:15 – 8:15pm, there are just eight 15-minute slots available. Make sure to book your spot early as availability is limited and will sell out fast.
Sophia Somerville (Sagittarius Sun / Leo Rising) is a Sydney-based tarot reader & writer who specialises in guiding creative people to trust their intuition. She is the resident tarot reader at Orchard St and Luna Beauty, and her esoteric writing has been featured on Sad Girls Club. You can find her offerings at southernspells.com.
Please Note: Gift Passes are not redeemable for this special event session.
- Year: 1958
- Rating: G
- Director: Richard Quine
- Cast: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon
- Duration: 98 minutes
- Language: English