24 movies Guaranteed to make you feel Christmassy

December 1st - A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol Poster

Year : 1951

Director: Brain Desmond Hurst

Starring: Alastair Sim, Michael Hordern, Mervyn Johns

A Christmas Carol (aka Scrooge)

A Christmas Carol - the classic christmas story turned into a classic christmas movie.

A solitary and miserly man (Ebenezer Scrooge) lives on his own and his only enjoyment of life comes from earning his money and spending as little of it as possible. On Christmas Eve Scrooge is visited by three spirits who take him to see his past, present and future in an attempt to for him to change his miserly ways and be grateful for what he has. But does he change his ways?

A Christmas Carol is perhaps the greatest Christmas story ever told. Of the many straight versions of the film this is, in my view, the best. Alastair Sim is superb as Ebenezer Scrooge and is, for my money, the ultimate portrayal of Scrooge (and that's an accolade because George C Scott's and Albert Finney's portrayals are both excellent in later versions of the story. The least said about Patrick Stewart's effort the better - ham anyone). Sim just looks so perfect for the role and so victorian. The cast are also superb particulalry spot on are Michael hordern as Marley and George Cole as the young Ebenezer. The special effects are charming and also quite effective in bringing the original book to life.

After years of watching the scratchy, jumpy versions that were shown on TV each year, it was a delight to pick up the DVD which had been painstakingly restored from the original print, and now looks beautiful. The DVD also includes the colorized version of the film which is a bit of fun.

If you want to feel christmassy then watching this film is surely a great place to start.

A Christmas Carol is placed at December 1st on our Films guaranteed to make you feel Christmassy (UK edition).

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