#211: Must-Watch Christmas Movies—Anthony Esolen

 

#211: Must-Watch Christmas Movies—Anthony Esolen

Magdalen College Professor Anthony Esolen is not only an eminent man of literature, he is also a walking encyclopedia of cinema. That definitely included movies set against or directly about, Christmas. In this free-wheeling conversation featuring brushes with fame and interconnectivity of actors who worked with the same directors, we hit many favorites and also some lesser-known Christmas movie nuggets.

In this episode, you will learn

  • Reasonable criteria for what makes a Christmas movie a Christmas movie
  • How everybody seems to miss the non-stop blasphemous swearing in Die Hard (1988)
  • The culture degradation as manifest in the way Christmas was treated by Hollywood in years gone by
  • Why many Christmas moves seem to include notes of sorrow and grief
  • Reasons why the Golden Age (1934-1966) produced the great movies about or set against, Christmas

Resources mentioned in this episode

Movies

  • It Happened on Fifth Avenue 
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner 
  • Penny Serenade 
  • The Shop Around the Corner 
  • Remember the Night
  • Christmas in Connecticut
  • An Affair to Remember
  • The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek 
  • The Bishop’s Wife
  • Meet John Doe
  • White Christmas
  • Holiday Inn
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Die Hard
  • Love, Actually
  • Joyeux Noel
  • The Apartment
  • And course: It’s a Wonderful Life!

Books

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2020-12-15T02:23:38-08:00