The most wonderful time of the year is upon us and FILMSTREAM’s slate of critically-acclaimed world cinema classics and arthouse movies is here to bring the holiday cheer right to your living room! Here’s a list of some of our favorites that you can enjoy with your family this month.
1. BEYOND CHRISTMAS (1940)
Beyond Christmas, also known as Beyond Tomorrow, is an American fantasy film directed by A. Edward Sutherland and produced by renowned cinematographer Lee Garmes. The movie centers on three rich but lonely industrialists - Melton, Chadwick, and O’Brien - who die in an airplane crash and return to Earth to help reunite a young couple they initially brought together. Will true love prevail as the ultimate Christmas miracle?
2. MIRACLE IN MILAN (1951)
From Academy Award-nominated director Vittorio De Sica comes Miracle in Milan, which distinguishes itself from De Sica’s other movies with its relatively more positive depiction of everyday events. The movie centers on an open-hearted, unrelentingly energetic orphan who struggles to make the best of his life on the streets of Milan.
DID YOU KNOW?: This is one of actor Danny DeVito’s favorite movies!
3. A YOUNG POET (2014)
Set in the hot, picturesque city of Sète in Southern France, Damien Manivel’s feature debut A Young Poet (Un jeune poète) is guaranteed to make those who are longing for summer feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Rémi Taffanel gives a stellar performance as Rémi, a young man who is in need of inspiration to write his first poem. Screen Daily’s Mark Adams raves the actor’s “gangly and engaging” performance and calls it “what gives the film its modest heart”.
4. MY MAN GODFREY (1936)
The 6 Academy Award-nominated classic My Man Godfrey stars William Powell, as the vagrant family butler Godfrey who the scatterbrained socialite Irene (played by Carole Lombard) hires. She soon realizes that there’s more to Godfrey than meets the eye.
DID YOU KNOW?: The chemistry between the two leads in this entertaining romantic comedy is so tangible because it is not purely fictional. William Powell and Carole Lombard used to be married but had been divorced for three years by the time the movie was made. In fact, William Powell was the one who suggested to director Gregory La Cava that his ex-wife Lombard should play Irene, as he thought that their real-life romance was reminiscent that of their on-screen characters’ relationship.
5. BENEATH THE 12-MILE REEF (1953)
The third feature ever to be shot in CinemaScope, the anamorphic lense used for shooting widescreen films, Beneath the 12-Mile Reef takes the viewer on an underwater journey that earned Edward Cronjager an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography and the director Robert D. Webb a Grand Prize nomination at the Cannes Film Festival in 1954. The movie revolves around a Greek-American family that is forced to fish in the dangerous 12-mile reef area off the western coast of Florida due to fierce competition among sponge fishermen.
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