Christmas Movie Recommendations


Some Recommendations:


Beautiful Christmas imagery and a touching, amusing story make Fred Claus a magical, hilarious and romantic family film.

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote is a delightful time-capsule about the human condition, starring Patty Duke, Piper Laurie and Jeffrey de Munn.

Music of the Heart is based upon the true story of a violin teacher in Harlem. Starring Meryl Streep, it is one of those New York movies that realistically portrays the plight of talented people living there, and ends with a stunning, triumphant scene. The extremely talented Meryl Streep learned to play violin for her part in Music of the Heart.


Acorn TV from Britain: Streaming Shows

Go to the Acorn television website and choose from various past productions to watch “streaming” for free on your computer. Acorn has produced many of my favourite programmes, among them  Midsomer Murders, Poirot, and Cadfael. The site also offers DVD sets, pictured here.
Midsomer Murders: The Early Cases CollectionFoyle's War: From Dunkirk to VE-Day (Sets 1 - 5)garrows-lawRosemary & Thyme, Series OneCadfael: The Complete Collection (re-issue)

Little Lord Fauntleroy, an Elegant Film Recommendation

A Beautiful, Charming Movie that Is Ever-Relevant
I’m not giving away ANY of this magnificent plot, except that it spans two continents.
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Elegant Survival Movie: Dr. Zhivago

Another all-but forgotten great film depicting the evils of communism and the oppressive, murderous character of the Bolsheviks is the dramatic epic by David Lean, Dr. Zhivago, from the book by Boris Pasternak.

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>Gigi: a Most Elegant, Sweet Film


Gigi, a lovely movie
starring Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Maurice Chevalier,  Hermione Gingold,  Isabelle Jeans,  and Jacques Bergerac
Story by Colette
Music by Lerner and Loew
Andre Previn Orchestra
Directed by Vincente Minelli
The DVD set has a documentary about the making of Gigi, a bonus short film and a Tom & Jerry cartoon. “The Million Dollar Nickel” will make most Americans nostalgic for the good old days when communism was still recognised as an evil to be thwarted. 
Hollywood actors and actresses and actors from Europe and South America exhort the public to use the 5-cent stamp to write the truth about the United States in letters abroad to their friends and family in other countries, in an effort to counteract communist propaganda and expose it as a calumnious pack of lies. The speakers include Leslie Caron, Ricardo Montalban, Pier Angeli and Zsa Zsa Gabor.
Gigi is a gorgeous movie with a happy ending.
©M-J de Mesterton