We’re kicking off the holiday season in our weekly top five list with these Christmas classics. So take your pick and gather the family for a screening that will surely leave you all giddy with happy holiday vibes.
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Directed by Vincent Minnelli
Since the year it was released, it has become a tradition for many families all over the world to watch this film (as is also the case in the rest of the items in this list) at least once as soon as the holidays roll in. “Meet Me in St. Louis” was a musical film set during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition World’s Fair of 1904. It tells the story of a family who lives in, well, St. Louis, and was threatened to relocate to New York due to their father’s work. Did you know that Christmas favorite “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” was first performed here by Judy Garland?
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Directed by Frank Capra
“It’s a Wonderful Life” was based on the short story “The Greatest Gift” penned by Philip Van Doren Stern written in 1939. This classic American film centers on the character of George Bailey, played by actor James Stewart, whose desperation and frustration on his failures take a toll on him that he actually considers killing himself on the night of Christmas Eve itself.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Directed by George Seaton
Is he or is he not the real Santa Claus? It’s the question that seems to be the central theme on “Miracle on 34th Street”. The title, in case you haven’t noticed, is a reference to a major thoroughfare in New York where famous department store Macy’s is located. It is where the film’s lead character Kris Kingle, played by Edmund Gwenn, works and was forced to take on the role of Santa when the person tasked to do that was unable to. Kringle appeared to have taken on the role too seriously that he claims he is the real Santa! This however, have unexpected yet positive consequences.
Directed by Brian Desmond Hurst
This film was based on the classic novel “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. “Scrooge” is Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim), a grumpy, unlikeable old man who simply hates everything that has anything to do with Christmas. However, visits by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come had him transforming into a person who is the exact opposite of who he was.
White Christmas (1954)
Directed by Michael Curtiz
“White Christmas”, like “Meet Me in St. Louis,” was a movie musical. Set in 1944 in Europe, it follows the story of friends Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye), both of whom were entertainers who were drafted in the US Army during the Second World War. The duo gains popularity as a performing tandem post-war and, eventually, falls for a sister act Betty and Judy (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, respectively). Meanwhile, the popular Christmas song “White Christmas” made its debut in this movie!
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