A catch-all for hymn/secular singin’/TV ep/movie/character/scene favorites for this time of the year.
5. Feliz Navidad (Jose Feliciano): Because there’s such joy — and even a Yee-haw! (close enough) — in his singing. Plus which, I finally figured out that the words I mumbled over are “prospero ano y felicidad“, so now I can sing the whole thing.
4. Harry Bailey’s toast (It’s a Wonderful Life): “To my big brother George: the richest man in town!” All that’s wonderful comes before it, yet a self-centered minor character delivers the film’s biggest truth.
3. Silent Night (Wilson Phillips): A pop trio harmonizing on the simplest & sweetest of Christmas songs, simply and sweetly.
2. A Charlie Brown Christmas: I love every scene, but Linus’ scripture recital (“…for I bring you good tidings of a great joy…”) blows me away every time. A low bow to Charles Schulz for not letting the network, his producers, or his closest friends talk him out of cutting that moment. Hey, Sony! pull up a chair.
1. Alastair Sim’s Ebenezer Scrooge (A Christmas Carol, 1951): This will come as a surprise to no one. I’m quite put out with TCM’s programmers, who left out (by their own admission!!) the greatest film Scrooge ever during last week’s night of adaptations. Seymour Hicks looks like a cartoon; Reginald Owen overdoes it; Albert Finney’s older Scrooge wears a hunchback & a sour-lemon expression throughout. It’s Sim whose elegant, handsome countenance gives us a man believable transformed.
I don’t know about anyone else, but the dust was really bad in the room when I watched this…
Toto. All I want to do in the morning is to wake up and see your eyes…
Meat Loaf. Remember everything that I told you…
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