reblogging from Historic-Upstart
What is your favorite Christmas movie? thecranium
It’s a Wonderful Life. I think it’s just about the most perfect movie ever made. Yes, I cry my way through it every single damn year.
(Also, hooray! This is the first question anyone has every asked me on Tumblr! I always knew you’d be my first, baby.)
Not that this is in any way special, but I also love It’s a Wonderful Life - because it is so depressing and awful! Oh, and the phone scene! Since I’ve been in school for most of the last decade, heading to some parent’s house or elsewhere for the holidays after a brutal onslaught of finals and other crap, I usually watch it whilst packing for christmas. I approach it a lot like the Beatles, actually - things that are almost universally-beloved that I didn’t grow up with because my parents are the caveat to the universally-beloved. I therefore “discovered” these things on my own and they feel more special to me than they should. Hence my packing tradition.
In my house, we watch A Muppet Christmas Carol and White Christmas (who doesn’t love the number about how much it sucks that we can’t have minstrel shows anymore? An improvement on the actual blackface number in Holiday Inn, though). I think it’s so interesting how IaWL and White Christmas are so thematically similar in terms of dealing with creating/reshaping America and American mythologies post-WWII (IaWL was Stewart’s first movie after fighting in the war).