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Whether we love or hate it, Christmas has always played a special role in the cinema, and Christmas movies like ""It's a Wonderful Life"" and ""Miracle on 34th Street"" have a special place in popular affections. They almost constitute a mini-cinematic genre. So what does Christmas in the movies mean to societies across the Anglo-Saxon and European world and what does it have to say about them? The contributors to this book take a good look at popular Christmas films, decoding the messages they convey about preoccupations and attitudes internationally and about the different societies that produce them.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781860643972
ISBN-10: 1860643973
Format: Hardback
(240mm x 159mm x 26mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Oct-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » Christmas is, of course, the most dominant single festival in the western world, so the west's most dominant art form (over the last century at least) is liable to give it more than a passing nod. This rather academic tome looks at how American and European films have treated Christmas, as well as how those films were received by critics and the public. What is now seen as the Yuletide film, It's a Wonderful Life was banned on its original release, but we can now see that it was more a question of the post-war mood of America than any misjudgement on director Frank Capra's part, and it is now woven into the fabric of TV schedules. From adaptations of A Christmas Carol through to the strange tendancy for women to stay in the kitchen wearing aprons in festive films, this is a thorough and scholarly look at a single strand of cinema history. It is not light reading by any stretch, but for those who love films, it will give an added dimension to festive viewing. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Mark Connelly

Mark Connelly is Reuters Lecturer in Media and Propaganda History at the University of Kent, U.K.

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