Daily Bulletin


The Conversation

  • Written by Lauren Rosewarne, Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne

A time-travellin’ nurse, a suicidal bank manager and one helluva dodgy Christmas historian: welcome to Part 10 of my Christmas film recommendations.

If you haven’t perused the previous offerings, you can do so here: Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

46. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Christmas doesn’t actually get mentioned for over an hour, but it’s nonetheless a film that’s shaped our expectations of what the season is like on screen. A relatively enjoyable, highly sentimental film that borrows heavily from A Christmas Carol and gifts much to the decades of festive films since.

Watch anywhere given that it’s out of copyright, but here’s a YouTube version.

(If you’re after a female in the lead, a decent remake was made for television in 1977 with Marlo Thomas at the helm: It Happened One Christmas, which you can also watch online).

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) - trailer.

47. Holiday Affair (1949)

Worth watching almost exclusively because Robert Mitchum as Steve - protagonist Connie’s (Janet Leigh) poverty-stricken, heart-of-gold suitor - is simply swoon-worthy. The 35-year marriage of Connie’s parents is also very sweet and sincere.

A lovely New York Christmas film. Remade in 1996.

Holiday Affair (1949) - trailer.

48. Saving Christmas (2014)

This much-maligned sermon from Kirk Cameron - which doesn’t even get a score of 2/10 on the Internet Movie Database - makes my list purely for it being an entertaining-for-all-the-wrong-reasons example of scary Hillsong-esque, horror-show fundamentalism.

Kirk’s attempt to tie every single aspect of Christmas – Santa and trees and wrapped gifts – to the bible is fascinating in just how fabulously it flies in the face of non-bible-thumpin’ history. And it’s actually quite watchable, albeit perhaps through slightly parted fingers.

Special mention goes to the truly terrifying Christmas hip-hop dance number.

Saving Christmas (2014) - trailer.

49. Journey Back to Christmas (2016)

With the mention of Kirk Cameron, I may as well mention his sister, Candace Cameron Bure too, who actually stars in about a million usually quite decent made-for-TV Christmas films. (Yes, she’s also an holy-roller). In this one, she’s a time-travelling nurse. There’s lots of do-over Christmas films, but not too many time-travel ones, so it’s worth watching for that (although, it’s certainly no Predestination). A nice appearance from Tom Skerritt too.

Presently watchable on YouTube.

Journey Back to Christmas (2016) - trailer.

50. Christmas Eve (1986)

One of those unicorns: a made-for-TV remake that’s actually much, much better than the original. Amanda (Loretta Young) is an eccentric wealthy – and dying - widow trying to, as the genre dictates, get her estranged family back together for one last Christmas. Sentimental but not mawkish. I felt the original - Christmas Eve (1947) - was actually near impossible to watch, but this one is quite delightful.

Watchable online.

Christmas Eve (1986) - network promo.

Come back tomorrow for five more festive suggestions.

Authors: Lauren Rosewarne, Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne

Read more http://theconversation.com/the-christmas-film-recommendables-part-10-69799

Writers Wanted

I regret stopping breastfeeding. How do I start again?

arrow_forward

The missing question from New Zealand's cannabis debate: what about personal freedom and individual rights?

arrow_forward

The Conversation
INTERWEBS DIGITAL AGENCY

Politics

Did BLM Really Change the US Police Work?

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has proven that the power of the state rests in the hands of the people it governs. Following the death of 46-year-old black American George Floyd in a case of ...

a Guest Writer - avatar a Guest Writer

Scott Morrison: the right man at the right time

Australia is not at war with another nation or ideology in August 2020 but the nation is in conflict. There are serious threats from China and there are many challenges flowing from the pandemic tha...

Greg Rogers - avatar Greg Rogers

Prime Minister National Cabinet Statement

The National Cabinet met today to discuss Australia’s COVID-19 response, the Victoria outbreak, easing restrictions, helping Australians prepare to go back to work in a COVID-safe environment an...

Scott Morrison - avatar Scott Morrison

Business News

What happens to all those pallets?

Pallets — they're not something everyday people often give much thought to. But they're an integral part of any business which receives or distributes large quantities of goods. But once the goo...

News Company - avatar News Company

Ten tips for landing a freelance transcription job

Transcription jobs are known to be popular in the field of freelancing. They offer fantastic job opportunities to a lot of people, but there are some scammers who wait to cheat the freelancers. ...

News Company - avatar News Company

How To Remove Rubbish More Effectively

It can be a big task to remove household rubbish. The hardest part is finding the best way to get rid of your junk. It can be very overwhelming to know exactly where to start with so many option...

News Company - avatar News Company



News Company Media Core

Content & Technology Connecting Global Audiences

More Information - Less Opinion