Nothing says Christmas to me more this year than the Deanna Durbin Christmas Noir movie Lady on a Train, directed in 1945 by French Director Charles David, Durbin’s future husband: December 21, 1950. The original story Lady on a Train was by Leslie Charteris author of ‘The Saint’ series of books. Lady on a Train is a fun Christmas movie mystery interspersed with Noir tendencies, no opera in this film. Durbin’s rendition of Silent Night is spot on. David Bruce and Durbin’s chemistry is great especially the Gimme a Little Kiss song sequence. Thanks TCM for adding this Durbin movie to your TCM schedule this Christmas Season.
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.
Oops make that 5 more shopping days! Take a break, watch Vera-Ellen in White Christmas to get in the mood for that last minute hectic Christmas shopping crunch.
Mr. Soft Touch (1949) Evelyn Keyes, Glenn Ford
I know Newhart is slightly outside our usual Classic Hollywood year range, but I couldn’t help myself. It was old, and it was Christmas, so I used it. Newhart was one of those shows on nick at nite when I was in highschool, which I would watch after I got home from ski club- those were the only nights I was allowed to stay up ridiculously late. I think my mom thought it was safe, since it was an “old show” and no sex was happening. Needless to say it holds a very special place in my heart. It showed me what being a grown up could look like. Sure they dealt with real life stuff, but they always handled it with a ton of humor…. a good lesson for all of us this Christmas season. Enjoy.