It's funny watching the elements come together in this complicated scam. On one hand, the set-up isn't quite as complex as it seems, but there's an easy sense of fun in every exchange.
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At first rather annoying in its heavy emphasis on reenactments, this movie ultimately proves fascinating, simply because the complicated, highly dramatic tale it tells still almost defies belief.
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It's the kind of movie you'll want to see a second time with someone who hasn't seen it yet, to remember what it was like to watch it for the first time.
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Bewitched was a long running TV series from the mid 60's through the early 70's. At the time there were a number of other shows featuring magical characters of all varieties, and most of them were silly. Bewitched was by far the best and the only one with an underlying theme of social justice. Elizabeth Montgomery was perfect for the role of a witch who was so much in love with her mortal husband, she was willing to give up a life of glamour and ease. At least most of the time. She waited until they were formally wed to tell him the truth about herself.They soon lived in a fairly normal looking house in NY- or was it Connecticut?- but the weather was strangely like Southern California and it only snowed on Christmas. Yes, that place was cozy and very tidy. Ashtrays on the coffee table, although I think Samantha is only shown smoking in one episode where she plays the femme fatale. It is weird to know there never was such a real house. The outside as shown is actually a facade, now in poor condition the last I knew. The program was on long enough that we witnessed the rapidly changing mores of the times though the lens of the show. Ms Montgomery started out in prim suits and white gloves and ended up bra- less by the final season.The show highlighted social norms of the time, already starting to go out of fashion, ie the subservient female at home without a career, ready with a martini when the husband comes home at 6 pm. It was indeed a very "white bread" show, although a moral lesson appeared in most episodes, essentially not discriminating against others who are different for any reason, including race.Viewers who complain about the "white bread" aspect, I think are missing the point. The times were changing and Bewitched was pointing that out, using comedy and fantasy.The quality did eventually deteriorate, and many people attribute that to the replacement of Dick York with Dick Sargent in Season Six. They ran out of plots and started recycling them.It was no big surprise when Dick Sargent came out as gay, as he lacked chemistry with Ms Montgomery. It is interesting to note in the reviews numerous complaints about the "chauvinism" and the various unfair constraints on Samantha. We are given to believe that she accepts this because of her deep love for her husband. For the first time in her life she will mop a floor or even clean a toilet. She will shop for food and cook it herself. Her mother Endora cannot understand it, and when we meet Maurice, Samantha's father, we soon realize that they are no longer married in the conventional sense, although the word divorce was not used. If Daren had been completely accepting of Samantha's powers, where would the conflict and drama be? Why would he even bother to work if all their needs could be met through magic? The entire premise would fall apart.The first 5 seasons are well worth watching as Samantha and Darrin repeatedly are put into some awkward and amusing situation, usually by Samantha's mother, who does not approve of the relationship.So make yourself some meatloaf and mashed potatoes and pull up a chair. This is some of the best of 60's comfort TV! Enjoy
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a fairy tale. without masks or temptation to be more. sure, in clothes of nice comedy. but magic, confrontations, the strange solutions are present. and Elizabeth Montgomery does a magnificent role. her role is more than memorable because, after years, it is a manifesto. for a gloomy America in search of new identity. for the women for who work at home was not enough. for men, insecure in theirs new status. for the old rules in which new is not accident but axis of existence. so, it is comedy but not only. it is smart fairy tale but this is one face. it is a TV industry major event. but, in same time, it is a step. and, today, good occasion to remember the art of extraordinary Elizabeth Montgomery.
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The young executive of an advertisement agency, Darrin Stephens marries a beautiful woman, Samantha Stephens. On their honeymoon, Sam discloses a secret to him: she is a witch with magic powers. He makes her promise him that she will live like a mortal, without using witchcraft and spells in their lives, but sometimes she uses her magic to help Darrin and herself. Sam's mother, Endora does not accept her mortal son-in-law, hates him and can hardly say his name correctly. In the suburb of Morning Glory Circle, where they live, their curious next-door neighbor Gladys Kravitz suspect Samantha, but can never prove the weird situations she sees to her husband Abner Kravitz. Darrin works in the McMahon and Tate ad agency with Larry Tate, who is married to Louise Tate. Samantha frequently receives her witch aunts in her house, specially her sweet old Aunt Clara. Now I Sit Down To Watch A Couple Of Episodes But This Is Not The "Joss Whedon" Standard Of TV Shows But He Usually Does Action Shows & This Is A Good 60's Show & I Don't Particularly Like How At The End Of Each Episode EVERYTHING Is Back To Normal It Just Makes It Too Stupid. My Personal Favourite Episode Of "BEWITCHED" Is The One Where Endora Makes Darrin Unable To Make Up His Mind About Anything & After Forcing Her To Take The Spell Of Him She Does...But She Also Made Him Pigheaded...Literally. I Give That Episode An 8 & The Worst Episode I Saw Was One Where Endora Makes Tabitha Play The Piano Brilliantly & Darrin Makes Samantha Learn The Piano From Some Idiotic Piano Teacher & He Catches Tabitha Playing The Piano & Try's To Make Her A Child Star. That Episode Gets A 1 From Me Its Either That One Or The One Where Larry Gets Younger & Younger Again 1 From Me. Many People Can Badmouth This Show But I Will Stick Up For It & Say "The Writers Didn't Lack Imagination" & After Explaining The Plots To Those Episodes You'll Say The Same...Or They Had A Bad Acid Trip But I Think Its Both But Still They Got The Good Parts If They Did Go On An Acid Trip. This Is An Okay TV Series & Worth It When Your In The Mood For Something Weird Even If This Is 46 Years Old Its Still Weird But Funny.
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The original series began in September/October 1964 starring the beautiful Elizabeth Montgomery as the main character and Dick York as her lover Darrin as well as David White as Darrin's boss, Agnes Moorehead as Samantha's mischievous mother Witch Endora and more. All these actors remained in the show until its finish in 1972 - with the exception of Dick York who had suffered spinal problems before the show began and collapsed on set because of these problems in 1969. I think the show also finished because of Elizabeth quitting due to feeling typecast; wouldn't you if you had people getting you to twitch your nose for years?! I think the visual effects are simply BEWITCHING! The sets, the costumes and the acting are simply remarkable! As you'd expect, Sam isn't a wicked witch - a good witch who uses her powers despite her husband's disapproval. Her voice seems to differ throughout the series. Originally, it's sweet and fairy-tale like and later sounds a lot sharper and more high-pitched. Elizabeth Montgomery is a woman that I actually find quite gorgeous; she's not bad. I must say, her strapping husband Darrin really does whine sometimes; I mean seriously! On the other hand, having his house full of enchanted beings, things float in midair and a mother-in-law who makes his life a chore can't be easy. Endora is so funny! She causes trouble very frequently and stops at nothing to split up Samantha and Darrin (even though, in the end, her devious plans always fail). Apparently, she calls Darrin by his name 8 times in the show's entire 8-year-run, maybe once each year. I bought the complete fourth series on DVD last year and I'm expecting from Woolworths.co.uk the complete original series in the post. Sadly, all (except Erin Murphy as little Tabitha) the cast are now dead; Elizabeth Mongomery (d.1995), Agnes Moorehead (d.1974), Dick York (d.1992), David White (d.1990), Sandra Gould (d.1999) but they're all with us once again every time the show is watched.