Don’t forget Anthony Harvey’s “The Lion in Winter” if you only get to see your entire family around the Christmas holidays, only to regret it later. The film’s outlines have such a nostalgically warm colour surrounding them that it almost projects the castle’s man-sized hearth right next to you.
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Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine (Katherine Hepburn) is imprisoned in her own tower, and her husband and King, Henry II (Peter O’Toole), lets her out “just for the holidays” so that they and their three boys can appear at court. But it’s really simply a pretext for people to pour soliloquized venom at one another and fight for power. It’s certainly comforting to live vicariously through these two hours of endlessly quotable discourse between such acting legends. No modern writer can match James Goldman’s insults; “the human half of you is inadequate,” a son tells his mother, “three whiskered things I’ve disowned” a father labels his sons, and the most seasonally relevant of all, “What shall we hang?” says the King himself. “Will it be the holly or each other?” On the soundtrack, a choir harmonises in Latin, pleading for something divine to appear from the heavens, yet nothing can save these wretched creatures. Between the flaming explosions, someone constantly reminds us that it’s Christmas. A war is hatched, a forced wedding is attempted, secrets are disclosed, and there’s always someone around to tell us that it’s Christmas. We even get a glimpse of what a 10th-century Christmas tree looked like, as it is framed in the background when Henry and Eleanor hold hands and reaffirm that there is a world of admiration between their hatred.
Don’t forget the third chapter of “The Decalogue” if Christmas brings you tremendous pain or reminds you of a lost love. Television has been stomping on film’s toes long before “Breaking Bad” and “True Detective,” and Krzysztof Kieslowski’s mammoth mini-series “The Decalogue” is one of the most renowned examples of a feature director turning to the small screen. Each of the ten commandments is loosely represented in one of ten short films. The commandment “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy” is addressed in the third chapter. and the Christmas scene, which was unavoidable given the project’s devout base, is the perfect setting for the despairing yearning on appear between cab driver Janusz (Daniel Olbrychski) and Ewa (Katie Szymanski) (Maria Pakulnis). He dresses up as Santa Claus for his family and goes to midnight mass, where he sees and perceives Ewa after three a long time. It’s a fortunate minute that, with the assistance of Zbigniew Preisner’s despairing melodies, illustrates how Kieslowski coordinates circles around most producers (and, to be fair, most everybody on this list as well). Janusz and Ewa’s rummage around for her lost life partner leads them to meet a assortment of misplaced souls in a half-abandoned Warsaw, permitting Kieslowski to charm us with his surrounding and utilize of colour through Christmas decorations and dismal snow. The final minutes, and the bend that sinks your already-sunk heart, change a cherish story into one of the foremost moving Christmas updates out there; what a forlorn occasion it is in case you do not have anybody to appreciate it with.
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