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Saturday, June 18, 2016

A Diesel Era Spirit

According to a recent blog post by Danette Wilson, “The Celts, the Norse and the Slavs believed that there were three ‘spirit nights’ in the year when magic ran amok and the Otherworld was near”.  Spirits such as pixies, phookas, willow the wisps, Jenny Greenteeth and more would roam the earth looking to snare an unsuspecting victim. She goes on to mention that the Midsummer Eve, or Summer Solstice, was one of those spirit nights.

The end of the Diesel Era saw a wonderful re-imagining of one of these spirits in the movie Harvey.

Starring James Stewart, Josephine Hull and Peggy Dow, Harvey may be one of James Stewart’s best movies. IMDb gives the following summary of the plot:

Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six foot-tall rabbit for a best friend, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane - but he may be wiser than anyone knows.

So on this Midsummer’s Eve celebrate our own mischievous spirit and bring home a copy of Harvey.

1 comment:

JazzFeathers said...

I have never heard of this film, but it looks like a lot of fun. I'm going to hunt it down.
Thanks so much for sharing :-)