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A Seasonal List: 10 Christmas Movies

4 December 2009

In the very entertaining 10 Bad Dates With De Niro: A Book of Alternative Movie Lists, edited by Richard T. Kelly (Overlook/Rookery: 2007), the final entry is Graham Fuller’s  ‘Ten Movies to Save Us All From Satan’s Power’. Here are his picks (minus his full comments). They’re a mix of some expected seasonal entries, but also some unusually dark ones, including a noir with an innocuous title (Christmas Holiday) and some cynical and sad office intrigue (The Apartment). Also featured: two great duos, Laurel & Hardy (Swiss Miss), and Tom & Jerry  (The Night Before Christmas).

10. Christmas Holiday (US, 1944, dir. Robert Siodmak)

9. Swiss Miss (US, 1938, dir. John G. Blystone)

8. The Man Who Came to Dinner (US, 1942, dir. William Keighley)

7. The Magnificent Ambersons (US, 1942, dir. Orson Welles)

6. Comfort and Joy (GB, 1984, dir. Bill Forsyth)

5. The Night Before Christmas (US, 1941, dir. William Hanna & Joseph Barbera)

4. A Christmas Story (Canada, 1983, dir. Bob Clark)

3. The Apartment (US, 1960, dir. Billy Wilder)

2. Scrooge (GB, 1951, dir. Brian Desmond Hurst)

1. It’s a Wonderful Life (US, 1946, dir. Frank Capra)

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