Miracle on 34th Street (1947) – Wincanton Christmas Extravaganza
December 1 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm£4 - £8
As part of the Wincanton Christmas Extravaganza, we will be screening a double bill of Christmas magic in Wincanton Town Hall.
The matinee slot is filled by “Miracle on 34th Street”, which won three Academy Awards, and inspired countless TV, radio spinoffs. Starring Maureen O’Hara, Joh Payne, Gene Lockhard and Natalie Wood, this holiday favorite introduced a modern twist on the story of Santa Claus with a department store rivalry serving as the backdrop for a sceptical mother and daugther’s awakening to the real meaning of the season. Like “It’s a Wonderful Life” Miracle has become synonymous with Christmas, and part of the joy of this film is the way in which it transcends the doubts and commercialism of Christmas to tell the bigger spiritual story about imagination and belief.
Kris Kringle (Gwenn, who won an Oscar for his performance) gets a job as Santa Claus at Macy’s, the famous New York department store. It’s there he meets little Susan (an eight-year-old Natalie Wood), who tells him she doesn’t believe in Santa, because her mother (O’Hara) has brought her up to think fairy tales and fantasies are nonsense. But Kris says he is actually the real Santa, a claim that first sees him sent to a mental institution and then to court, where he has to prove he is sane, and indeed the real Mr Claus.
Nothing beats the original, so on no account watch the 1994 remake before this, even though Richard Attenborough is in it, it’s just not as good.
Our only question on whether this is suitable for kids is that parents should be prepared for curious children to ask questions about whether Santa is real or not (if they haven’t already).
We will be serving suitable refreshments before and after the screening – all homemade, and locally sourced.