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50 films for Xmas

PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 8:25 am
by john-5
Hope i'm not too early, but thought i'd suggest some films suitable for Xmas; whether wintry, warming, wondrous, or well worth a wallow.

Letter from an Unknown Woman (Ophuls, 1948)
Fanny and Alexander (Bergman, 1982)
Some Like it Hot (Wilder, 1959)
It's a Wonderful Life (Capra, 1946)
The Shining (Kubrick, 1980)
Sunrise (Murnau, 1927)
Singin in the Rain (Kelly, Donen, 1952)
Swing Time (Stevens, 1936)
The Gold Rush (Chaplin, 1925)
The Thief of Bagdad (Berger, Powell, Whelan, 1940)
The Age of Innocence (Scorsese, 1993)
The Magnificent Ambersons (Welles, 1942)
Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang Yimou, 1991)
Les Enfants du Paradis (Carné, 1945)
Fantasia (Disney- Sharpsteen, 1940)
Snow Woman- Kwaidan (Kobayashi, 1964)
The Nightmare Before Xmas (Selick, 1993)
Babette's Feast (Axel, 1987)
My Night with Maud (Rohmer, 1968)
Doctor Zhivago (Lean, 1965)
Fargo (Coen, 1996)
Alexander Nevsky (Eisenstein, 1938)
La Belle et la Bete (Cocteau, 1946)
The Apartment (Wilder, 1960)
Meet me in St Louis (Minnelli, 1944)
Top Hat (Sandrich, 1935)
The Mascot (Starewicz, 1933)
The Wizard of Oz (Fleming, 1939)
Pinocchio (Disney- Sharpsteen, Luske, 1940)
Lola Montes (Ophuls, 1955)
Miracle on 34th Street (Seaton, 1947)
Toy Story (Lasseter, 1995)
Portrait of Jennie (Dieterle, 1948)
The Claim (Winterbotom, 2000)
My Neighbour Totoro (Miyazaki, 1987)
The Ascent (Shepitko, 1976)
Scrooge (Desmond-Hurst, 1951)
Russian Ark (Sokurov, 2001)
The Scarlet Empress (Von Sternberg, 1934)
Babe (Noonan, 1995)
Nanook of the North (Flaherty, 1922)
The Wrong Trousers (Park, 1993)
Liebelei (Ophuls, 1932)
The Chess Player (Bernard, 1927)
A Christmas Story (Clark, 1983)
Groundhog Day (Ramis, 1993)
Street of Crocodiles (Quay, 1985)
Edward Scizzorhands (Burton, 1990)
The Ice Storm (Ang Lee, 1997)
Casablanca (Curtiz, 1942)

Re: 50 films for Xmas

PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 11:22 am
by Gaz
Let's not forget Lubitsch's The Shop Around the Corner.

Re: 50 films for Xmas

PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 6:18 pm
by chris
A story I pull out every year and read is James Joyce's The Dead which is a tremendous film that I believe was John Huston's last.I'm going to start renting it for the holidays and will try to turn my kids on to it.

Re: 50 films for Xmas

PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 6:18 pm
by chris
A story I pull out every year and read is James Joyce's The Dead which is a tremendous film that I believe was John Huston's last.I'm going to start renting it for the holidays and will try to turn my kids on to it.

Re: 50 films for Xmas

PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 9:19 pm
by HenryGinsberg
Excuse me! Where is The Muppet Christmas Carol?
Only joking. Alistair Sim beats Michael Cain any day of the week.

Re: 50 films for Xmas

PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2003 1:49 pm
by john-5
The Dead is a good call, Chris- slipped my mind. Perhaps best for New Year, but a film full of warmth, lovingly recreated details and poignancy. One for curling up by the fireside with the snowflakes drifting outside.

Re: 50 films for Xmas

PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2003 7:24 pm
by Gaz
Does it make me a bad person to enjoy Die Hard at Christmas? I know it's not what you'd call high art, but it's really fun and an excellent Christmas movie.

Re: 50 films for Xmas

PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2003 6:35 am
by nina*
Yes Gaz it does, what the #@%! are you talking about: you're not supposed to "enjoy" anything on christian holidays.. 20 wips & 50 ave marias.../ (If there wont b any good cartoons on tv) (and Im going to throw up if I see even a second of that "every time a bell rings angel drops it's wings.." movie-yak) I suppose anything kitch with red color sceme will do; Misery (shuch a perfect title if you're visiting those relatives..) has snow (& a pig) in it and so has The Fearless vampire killers. Babe is excellent..if you want to ruin your meat eater friends dinner..ha ha haa (and if that doesn't work try Salo;-). BTW Has anyone seen the new special edition dvd of The Nightmare Before C:mas? (Or the extras are rather what Im interested..)

Re: 50 films for Xmas

PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2003 8:27 am
by Gaz
Fearless Vampire Killers is a wonderful film for Christmas. I'll certainly be watching that one this year (along with Die Hard).

Re: 50 films for Xmas

PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2003 2:32 pm
by HenryGinsberg
Die Hard is a great film to watch at Christmas. Although I wouldn't personaly call it "high art", I don't think it would be atall ridiculous for someone to hold such an opinion. It seems like we are braught up with the idea that sum genres are "art", and others are "entertainment". But I belive that all films are born equal.