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It stars Kim Novak as a witch who casts a spell on her neighbor, played by James Stewart. The film is considered Stewart's final as a romantic lead. In the late s, during the Christmas holiday season, Greenwich Village witch Gillian Holroyd, a free spirit with a penchant for going barefoot , is bored, a little depressed and restless in life. She admires her new neighbor, publisher Shep Henderson, who lives above her rare African art store and ground floor apartment. When Shep arrives upstairs and unlocks his own front door he discovers Gillian's aunt Queenie rummaging around in his living room. She also lives in the building and has her own curiosity, because he's recently moved in and she seems to want to know more about him by studying his belongings.
The phrase "bell, book, and candle" refers to a Latin Christian method of excommunication by anathema, imposed on a person who had committed an.
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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. The saying became associated with witches when the witch hunts were rampant in Europe and witches and warlocks were being excommunicated and then executed. Now, I was raised Catholic and educated in Catholic schools and I have studied many religions over my lifetime.