While the whole of America starts shopping at 4pm on Thanksgiving Day, us lovers of Classic Hollywood forego the black Friday shopping craze and dive right into Christmas Movies. Thankfully since time moves forward.. the word “classic” starts to encompass more and more movies.
Our classic hollywood holiday movie list includes everything up to the year 2000… yes, yes we know there are awesome movies post-2000 but they’re not quite classic yet. These films have stood the test of time.
Watch, enjoy and take a minute to boycott shopping and enjoy some good old fashioned family Christmas films. Let the holiday joy begin!
LIFE LESSON: Never Settle
Babes in Toyland : A classic fairytale wonderland sets the stage for true love to be battered about a bit before we believe it’s actually possible again. Catching a lucky break by not being thrown into the sea by Barnaby’s henchman Tom comes back as a gypsy woman in order to save his potential bride from a loveless marriage. Forced to battle the talking trees and save Toyland, it seems as if Mary and Tom may never get together!
The opening song alone can help you identify those important Mother Goose tales you need to make sure your child understands before heading out into the world. And while we hope that our daughters won’t have to marry the slimy Barnaby because she can’t pay her bills the Bills Bills Bills song could offer some good motivation to go to college or at least pay attention in math!
But most importantly is the lesson of true love and what it looks like- yes even cloaked in Disney glory, your child will be able to see the real parts; caring, telling someone you love them, taking care of them, staying with them amidst danger, holding hands.
Here’s hoping this will be the best Classic Hollywood year ever!
Take a visual break. Now that all of the preparation, planning and organizing the perfect family Christmas get together is over. Sit in that comfy recliner, kick back and travel back in time (even though you have to read sub-titles) to watch Fanny and Alexander’s best Christmas which would end up being their worst Christmas.
Depending on which version you watch it is 3-4 hours long and it is best to have your mind set on a Mini Series Adult Drama or a Downton Abbey type story only in Swedish.
The 1983 Ingmar Berman Film was his last movie and some say it was his best movie; Ingmar was nominated for an Oscar for Directing and the Screenplay written directly for the Screen. It won the Oscar for Sven Nykvist for Cinematography, Art Set Decoration for Anna Asp and Best Foreign Language Film for Sweden.
The vintage Christmas scenes at the beginning of the movie are like visual Christmas Candy for your eyes.
Happy Holiday to all of our Classic Hollywood followers especially our friends just a little south of the North Pole!
Copy of Vintage style Christmas Postcard used by permission from Annichen Skåren of the:
Al St.John Project
Merry Christmas everyone!
The classic Alastair Sim version of A Christmas Carol may seem a bit droll compared to some of our more recent loud versions of the classic Charles Dickens novel. Of course that’s before you realize they did everything they did in this film with simple shadows and light. An excellent spooky way to start off another week.