Monday, December 19, 2005

Dreaming of a White Christmas

One of our family's favorite Christmas traditions is an annual viewing of WHITE CHRISTMAS. This movie has unfortunately never been particularly appreciated by film critics, but for us -- as for many others -- it grows more cherished with each passing year. Aside from the obvious talents of the cast and the beautiful music, the movie has an indefinable "special something" that makes repeat viewings feel like revisiting old friends, as well as revisiting one's own memories of Christmases past.

There is an excellent DVD release which includes a commentary track by Rosemary Clooney, who looks back fondly on her experiences with long-gone friends. Sadly, Rosie is no longer with us either, but how wonderful that she left her memories on this DVD set.

For more on the history of the title song, WHITE CHRISTMAS: THE STORY OF AN AMERICAN SONG by Jody Rosen is a fascinating slice of pop culture history, well worth a read.

Finally, WHITE CHRISTMAS is a pretty little picture book which includes stills from the movie, photos of movie posters and album covers, and more. The book is in our living room right now as part of our Christmas decorations.


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