(Brian Desmond Hurst, UK 1951, 86 min., 35mm)
Holidays | The Canon. No holiday season would be complete without an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s yuletide classic, and this is one of the best (released in the United States simply as A Christmas Carol). Alastair Sim’s portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge is often cited as the quintessential, even nearly seventy years later. Though readily available on many inferior 16mm prints, VHS, and DVD (both black-and-white and colorized), this title is hard to find in a good 35mm print. Closely hewing to the original text, the film follows nineteenth-century miser Scrooge as he has a change of heart over Christmas Eve, having been visited by the Spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come.
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The Canon. Land, money, and oil form the lifeblood of Giant. Considering the long shadow cast by James Dean, who died and became an instant legend soon after filming wrapped on this epic western, it’s easy to forget that the film’s real star is actually 23-year-old Liz Taylor.
Holidays. Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde follow-up, based on singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie’s eighteen-and-a-half-minute Thanksgiving classic, which itself was based on an episode in Guthrie’s own life, is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year.
Holidays | A Very Shane Black Christmas. Screenwriter Shane Black began his fascination with Christmas in this holiday-themed action classic.