Christmas at the Movies: Images of Christmas in American, by Mark Connelly

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Whether we adore or hate it, Christmas has constantly performed a distinct function within the cinema, and yuletide video clips like "It’s a superb Life" and "Miracle on thirty fourth Street" have a different position in well known affections. They virtually represent a mini-cinematic style. So what does Christmas within the videos suggest to societies around the Anglo-Saxon and ecu international and what does it need to say approximately them? The participants to this publication take a very good examine renowned Christmas movies, interpreting the messages they impart approximately preoccupations and attitudes the world over and concerning the diversified societies that produce them.

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The film follows the 1910 Edison version in that Fred is unable to marry his fiancée Bess (Lynne Carver) because he is not wealthy enough. But the differences between the British and American films are not only differences in story incident; they are also apparent at the level of narrative ideology. The British film had promoted social consensus, but this consensus was based on the acceptance of class differences. The American film, however, provides a reinterpretation of the story for a supposedly classless society.

The human star of The Muppet Christmas Carol is Michael Caine, giving a wonderfully hammy performance as Scrooge, though he is inevitably upstaged by the likes of Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as Emily Cratchit and Fozzie Bear as Fozziwig [sic]. Jacob Marley has a brother, Robert, in order to incorporate the cantankerous old hecklers Waldorf and Statler. The most interesting characterization, however, is the Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens himself, who provides a running commentary which not only explains the story for the children at whom the film is aimed but also offers some clever asides to keep the adults amused.

It was written by Richard Curtis, later to write the smash-hit British comedy Four Weddings and A Funeral (1994), and Ben Elton, an ‘alternative’ comedian and satirist known for his anti-Thatcherite views. What Blackadder’s Christmas Carol has in common with so many other film and television adaptations of Dickens’s story, however, is that it shows how the Carol itself remains a highly prominent point of reference God Bless Us, Every One: Movie Adaptations of A Christmas Carol in the cultural construction of Christmas in our society.

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