(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.
Also showing: Friday, December 20
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Labor Film Series | Holidays. Included on many best film lists, this classic holiday movie—its story takes place over Christmas/New Year’s—features glorious performances by Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray and a sparkling script and vibrant direction by Billy Wilder.
Holidays | A Very Shane Black Christmas. Writer-director Shane Black travels back to the 1970s for his latest mismatched crime-solving partnership.
Holidays | The Canon. James Stewart and Donna Reed find their way through rough times in Bedford Falls (modeled on nearby Seneca Falls, New York) by way of a loving, dedicated relationship and a little heavenly intervention.