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The phrase “till death do us part” obviously has little meaning to the titular character of director David Lean’s 1945 comedy, Blithe Spirit. In Lean’s adaptation of Noel Coward’s play, the ghost of novelist Rex Harrison’s first wife—whom only he can see—is accidentally summoned by a psychic and begins interfering with his happy marriage to his second wife. Harrison’s deceased ex, however, isn’t just mischievous—she’s murderous, and hellbent on bringing her former hubby to the other side, where they can bicker for eternity. Blithe Spirit, which won an Oscar for its ghostly special effects, marked the second of three collaborations between Lean and Coward, who also produced the 1945 drama Brief Encounter and the 1946 adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations—both of which are included in the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center’s “David Lean: A Centennial Celebration” retrospective. The series runs to Monday, Sept. 1, at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $10. (301) 495-6700; see afi.com/silver/new/ for a complete schedule.