By Mark Connelly
Whether we adore or hate it, Christmas has constantly performed a different function within the cinema, and xmas videos like "It’s an excellent Life" and "Miracle on thirty fourth Street" have a distinct position in renowned affections. They nearly represent a mini-cinematic style. So what does Christmas within the video clips suggest to societies around the Anglo-Saxon and eu international and what does it need to say approximately them? The members to this ebook take an exceptional examine well known Christmas movies, deciphering the messages they communicate approximately preoccupations and attitudes the world over and in regards to the diverse societies that produce them.
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The late 1950s and 1960s had witnessed the emergence of the ‘blockbuster’ syndrome in both American and British cinema, with production focusing on fewer but bigger films which it was hoped would reap massive rewards. The producers of Scrooge obviously hoped that it would repeat the box-office success of Oliver!. Several critics pointed out how the message of the film was so much at odds with the motives for making it. 47 And Vincent Canby in the New York God Bless Us, Every One: Movie Adaptations of A Christmas Carol Times made a rather facetious play around the notion that Christmas seemed to come earlier each year.
18. The Moving Picture World (5 December 1908), pp 458–9. 19. Ibid. (12 December 1908), p 476. 20. In the same year Ogle had become the first actor to play Frankenstein’s Monster in a one-reel adaptation of Frankenstein, also produced by the Edison Manufacturing Company. Frankenstein was directed by J. Searle Dawley, who according to the British Film Institute’s SIFT database also directed the 1910 A Christmas Carol. However, Fred Guida identifies John H. Collins as director of A Christmas Carol.
The scene is in the book, but scriptwriter Hugo Butler changes it in line with the studio’s own ideology: Uncle, there are many things that have made me happy, things that have never fattened my purse by even that much [holding two fingers close together]. Christmas is one of these. I’ve always looked on Christmas as a good time, a kind, charitable, forgiving, pleasant time. It’s the only time when people open their hearts freely, the only time when men and women seem to realise that all human 19 20 Christmas at the Movies beings are really members of the same family, and that being members of the same family they owe each other some measure of warmth and solace.