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A Merry, Alternative Christmas

by Black Irish
A Merry, Alternative Christmas by Black Irish
Rather than a collection of the various ‘traditional’ Rankin-Bass productions or half-baked Christmas films and specials, I figured I’d try to create an alternate list of films for the Christmas and New Year’s season. The only exception being It’s a Wonderful Life since, despite being an established classic, I think still goes against the grain of saccharine holiday specials. Whether holiday films that are underseen, films that are merely set on or during the holiday season and some with an especially ‘Wintery’ mood or are appropriate for one of the holidays. If there are any other films you find appropriate which haven’t been added to this… Read more

Rather than a collection of the various ‘traditional’ Rankin-Bass productions or half-baked Christmas films and specials, I figured I’d try to create an alternate list of films for the Christmas and New Year’s season. The only exception being It’s a Wonderful Life since, despite being an established classic, I think still goes against the grain of saccharine holiday specials. Whether holiday films that are underseen, films that are merely set on or during the holiday season and some with an especially ‘Wintery’ mood or are appropriate for one of the holidays.

If there are any other films you find appropriate which haven’t been added to this list, please feel free to recommend them. There will be two lists, both alphabetically and are, generally, seperated into the more Christmas and New Year’s-oriented films.

Most Anticipated:
- 3 Godfathers (John Ford, 1948)
- 9/64: O Tannenbaum (Kurt Kren, 1964)
- 10c/65: Brus Wishes You a Merry Christmas (Kurt Kren, 1965)
- Another Christmas (Tudor Giurgiu, 2012)
- The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)
- L’Assassinat du Pere Noël (Chapatte/Christian-Jaque, 1941)
- Blast of Silence (Allen Baron, 1961)
- Bush Christmas (Ralph Smart, 1947)
- A Carol for Another Christmas (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1964)
- A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Don McBrearty, 1987)
- Christmas in Connecticut (Godfrey/Jacobs, 1945)
- Christmas Is Coming (Reiniger/Koch, 1951)
- Christmas Holiday (Robert Siodmak, 1944)
- Christmas U.S.A. (Gregory J. Markopoulos, 1949)
- The Coca-Cola Kid (Dušan Makavejev, 1985)
- Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1989)
- O Drakos (Nikos Koundouros, 1956)
- Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (Jim Henson, 1977)
- Himmel Hoch (Werner Schroeter, 1968)
- The Holly and the Ivy (George More O’Ferrall, 1952)
- The Ice Harvest (Harold Ramis, 2001)
- In Bruges (Martin McDonagh, 2008)
- In the Bleak Midwinter (Kenneth Branagh, 1995)
- Inventário de Natal (Miguel Gomes, 2002)
- Jagten (Thomas Vinterberg, 2012)
- Love Actually (Richard Curtis, 2003)
- The Man Who Came to Dinner (William Keighley, 1942)
- Marketa Lazarová (František Vláčil, 1967)
- Meet Me in St. Louis (Vincente Minelli, 1944)
- Merlusse (Marcel Pagnol, 1938)
- Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (Nagisa Ôshima, 1983)
- Navidad (Sebastián Lelio, 2009)
- The Night Before Christmas (Wladyslaw Starewicz, 1913)
- Plácido (Luis García Berlanga, 1961)
- Pluto’s Christmas Tree (Jack Hannah, 1952)
- Que Personne ne Sorte (Ivan Govar, 1964)
- Remember the Night (Mitchell Leisen, 1942)
- Stuck on Christmas (Iulia Rugină, 2010)
- Sylvester: Tragödie einer Nacht (Lupu Pick, 1924)
- L’Ultimo Giorno di Scuola Prima delle Vacanze di Natale (Gian Vittorio Baldi, 1975)
- Winter Solstice (Martyn Friend, 2003)

Not in Database:
- Gift Wrapped (Friz Freleng, 1952)
- Le Rêve de Noël (Georges Méliès, 1900)

NOTE: Bold titles indicate new additions.

Added:
- Happy Christmas (Joe Swanberg, 2014)

Recommended Reading:
- A Christmas Dinner (Charles Dickens, 1836)
- Christmas Eve (Guy de Maupassant, 1882)
- Christmas Every Day (William Dean Howells, 1892)
- A Christmas Tale (Guy de Maupassant, 1882)
- A Christmas Tree (Charles Dickens, 1850)
- A Christmas Tree and a Wedding (Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1848)
- The Fir-Tree (Hans Christian Andersen, 1844)
- The Gift of the Magi (O. Henry, 1905)
- Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Agatha Christie, 1938)
- The Long Voyage (Charles Dickens, 1853)
- A New Year’s Gift (Guy de Maupassant, 18—)
- The Night Before Christmas (Nikolai Gogol, 1832)
- The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (Arthur Conan Doyle, 1892)
- The Christmas Banquet (Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1844)
- The Dead (James Joyce, 1914)
- Reginald’s Christmas Revelry (Saki, 1904)
- Reginald on Christmas Presents (Saki, 1904)

Related Links:
- Four Seasons: Winter
- The Other Side of Christmas

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