This year’s festivities are all about gulping down full turkeys while checking your eyesight for a clearer understanding of the colours yellow, orange and red. Here in Italy, the country will be red for Christmas. And no, not as in Santa’s red but as in red symbolising crisis, or danger in other words. It is all a necessary measure due to how hard the second wave is hitting Europe overall. Hence the red is to avoid people risking it all for a day of family fun and a plate of vitello tonnato. The plethora of rules and regulations to follow is enough to cause a headache. So, the best way to not wind up breaking any laws and putting yourself and others in danger is to lock yourself up in your house on Christmas day. You can do this with your live-in human(s) and as many pets as possible (there are no regulations to how many feline friends you can have over for a fish or two). And what’s solitude without a good movie? Here’s a list of Christmas movies from a time of no corona to get you through this quiet holiday.
It’s A Wonderful Life
It’s a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the 1943 short story and booklet The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern. The film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). Clarence shows George how he, George, has touched the lives of others and how different life would be for his wife Mary and his community of Bedford Falls if he had not been born.
The Wiz is a 1978 American musical adventure fantasy film produced by Universal Pictures. It is a reimagining of L. Frank Baum‘s classic 1900 children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz featuring an all-black cast, and was loosely adapted from the 1974 Broadway musical of the same name. It follows the adventures of Dorothy, a shy, twenty-four-year-old Harlem schoolteacher who finds herself magically transported to the urban fantasy Land of Oz, which resembles a dream version of New York City. Befriended by a Scarecrow, a Tin Man, and a Cowardly Lion, she travels through the city to seek an audience with the mysterious Wiz, who they say is the only one powerful enough to send her home. Produced by Rob Cohen and directed by Sidney Lumet, the film stars Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Richard Pryor.
Come To The Stable
Come to the Stable is a 1949 American film which tells the true story of the Abbey of Regina Laudis and the two French religious sisters who come to a small New England town and involve the townsfolk in helping them to build a children’s hospital. It stars Loretta Young and Celeste Holm. The movie was based on a story by Clare Boothe Luce, and the screenplay was written by Oscar Millard and Sally Benson. It was directed by Henry Koster. It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Loretta Young), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Celeste Holm and Elsa Lanchester), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Music and Best Writing, Motion Picture Story.
The Thin Man
The Thin Man is not a traditional Christmas movie but it does take place during the holidays. It is a 1934 American comedy-mystery directed by W. S. Van Dyke and based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett. The film stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, a leisure-class couple who enjoy copious drinking and flirtatious banter. Nick is a retired police detective who left his very successful career when he married Nora, a wealthy heiress accustomed to high society. Their wire-haired fox terrier Asta was played by canine actor Skippy. In 1997, the film was added to the United States National Film Registry having been deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film’s screenplay was written by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich, a married couple. In 1934, the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
The Kid Who Loved Christmas
Not as old as the others on this list but a classic still. The Kid who loved Christmas is a very touching story about a young orphan boy Reggie (Trent Cameron) who finally gets a new father. But, the father is a travelling musician, and the adoption agency decides that he is not the right choice. Reggie is again in a foster home and is determined to join his musician father for the holidays. Looking for an answer to his dream, Reggie goes to the local department store Santa (Jimmy Carville) for help. This film, co-produced by Eddie Murphy, was Sammy Davis Jr.’s last film appearance. It is an African-American Christmas Classic.