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How about the movies? What are your favorite holiday films?

I asked earlier today about your favorite holiday stories and told you mine. Your favorite “stories” may well include some films, but it’s worth asking about as a separate topic.

So what are your favorite holiday movies? I’d have to pick the all-time sentimental favorite, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” You probably knew, didn’t you, that it wasn’t created or released as a Christmas or holiday movie? I seem to recall hearing it came out in August, or maybe October? But it’s quickly become identified with Christmas, because of the Christmas setting of the grand finale and the overall themes of the movie, I suppose.

My second favorite is a particular “redo” of Dickens’ Christmas Carol — in this case, the 1970 version done as a musical, starring Albert Finney as Scrooge, and titled, “Scrooge.” My wife and I have probably watched that particular film more than a dozen times. The acting is superb and the music is incredible. If you’ve not seen it, rent a copy as soon as you can.

What about you? What are your favorite Christmastime/New Year’s films?
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2 Responses to “How about the movies? What are your favorite holiday films?”

  1. Ann says:

    Ok, I confess. It’s a Wonderful Life is my favorite movie of all time! I think it came out in August of that year (actors were sweating under their heavy costumes), was a box office flop, and was shelved for a time. I watch it off and on all year long. The message that one person can make a difference really helps me re-center, and the fact that it blatantly uses prayers and faith helps me, too. My favorite “Scrooge” movie stars George C. Scott. 🙂 But I like them all very well.

  2. Gary says:

    I always find it remarkable, what you’ve said here, about “It’s a Wonderful Life” — that any move which has become so enormously beloved by so many people could have done poorly when it was released. But, yeah, that’s pretty much the story I heard on it, too. I suppose it was the timing, releasing it in the summer or fall. Hard to remember such times, but I’m sure back then (mid-1940s) people never thought much about Christmas as a season until after Thanksgiving. Maybe timing was the whole issue. (Sort of odd, too, that Capra and the studio brass didn’t realize that when they planned for the summer/fall release?)