Your Christmas Movies 2

Observatory, The Arts

It’s time we added some other movies to the Christmas Comfort list. How about A Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Barbarella (come on, it’s pretty tame now and it has a snow scene), Tim Burton’s second Batman with the Penguin, the Dino De Laurentiis King Kong? Personally I’d choose A Christmas Story, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and a double two-packs-of-hankies bill of Memories of Matsuko and Joyeux Noel. When it comes to Scrooge, though, there is only the Alistair Sim classic. Here’s a clip from the wonderful memoir A Christmas Story where the family ends up in a Chinese restaurant on Christmas Day. “>
But Joyeux Noel is the one I can’t get through without crying. If you haven’t seen it, treat yourself, but keep the Kleenex close.

5 comments on “Your Christmas Movies 2”

  1. I love the very idea of “Joyeux Noel”, the fact that it really happened during the Great War is very moving. But I found the movie disappointing: too maudlin and awkward, too many clichés choking the life out of the intense humanity of the story.

  2. admin says:

    Oh, I think you can forgive it a bit of sentiment at Christmas!

  3. Quite. But it’s not the sentiment, it’s the very clumsy way it’s presented. As if the very story wasn’t enough to give you a lump in the throat and some mist in the eye. It’s really gilding the lily.

  4. I.A.M. says:

    Personally, the version of “Joyeaux Noel” which is best is a short animated one, done in simple coloured-pencil sketches on a cream field, with a lone voice-over and some walla and specific SFX. No idea what it was titled or the producing nation, but it was in English and the narrator’s accent was either French or a mild GB one.

    When watching “It’s a Wonderful Life”, the question isn’t ‘will one cry?’, but ‘*when* will one cry this time?’ Typically it’s at the part when the whole town suddenly shows up, but has been as early as the discovery of the smashed vehicle. There have been rumours of tears during the floor-opening dance scene, but th9is hasn’t been substantiated.

  5. Sam Tomaino says:

    When I was 10, a local television station in New York City ran the Alastair Sim Christmas Carol all week while we were on Christmas break. I have been an ardent fan ever since. Sim is the only actor who captures Scrooge’s snide sense of humor and Michael Hordern is the only Marley who really seems like a soul in torment. Most actors play Marley like he’s dead.
    Add to that the grim atmosphere, the wonderful score & the best Scrooge-the-morning-after (and beyond) and no one will ever beat it!

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