A Christmas Carol (1951) – Wincanton Christmas Extravaganza
December 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm£4 - £8
Just as the USA packaged up modern Christmas for us (see our matinee screening of “Miracle on 34th Street”, or “It’s a Wonderful Life” inevitably on TV over this December period), Charles Dickens created what we understand as Christmas in the 19th century with “A Christmas Carol”. Alistair Sim’s tour-de force performance as the ultimate miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, has almost single handedly made this beloved version of Dickens’s story into one of the best loved Christmas films.
Curmudgeonly Scrooge leans of the error of his unkind ways and is taught the true meaning of the holidays when he is visited by the ghost of his late business partner and the spirits of Christmas past, present and future.
As Slate said, “The film’s ability to stray from the strict contours of the season help to make it evergreen viewing, but the movie also takes the best aspects of Christmas—fellowship, sacrifice, a moment’s self-awareness—and extends them well past the holiday. Sim’s Scrooge, by the end, is so fully transformed that, for the first (and possibly the only – Ed) time, you really believe that transformation has less to do with a particular holiday than with a genuinely shared humanity, equally in place on May 1 as it is on December 25. And for any Christmas-movie miser wanting a special challenge, see if you can resist the scene where Scrooge pays a call to his nephew Fred, approaches Fred’s wife, and attempts to dance. ”
Common Sense Media recommends for children 8+ says this about the film’s suitability :
“Parents need to know this adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic may be too frightening and dramatic for younger viewers. Serious themes are the center of this film: A man is forced to relive his greatest agonies; and there are two heart-wrenching deathbed scenes. And a cycle of guilt and anger is passed from an embittered father to his emotionally-wounded son.” However as one parent on the site said : “There are two deathbed scenes, and the climactic scene where Scrooge faces the reality of his own death, and they are sad (for different reasons), but I wouldn’t prevent my son from watching them.” So it depends on how emotionally robust your children are.
Our thanks to Wincanton Town Council and the Committee of the Wincanton Christmas Extravaganza for supporting this film event.
We will be serving home made and locally sourced refreshments before and after this screening.
Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
Running time: 1h26min