We can talk about the Christmas classic films and how they shape our conception of the holiday expectations. Another interesting angle is the list of films we forget take place during Christmas. This list focuses on the unique aspects each of these contributing films brings to the culture of our holiday. Yep, each example tests an experiment in how we perceive ourselves a whole. How we consider movies as being part of our lives and the science we can tweak to discover something new.
What is the Christmas Ingredient to Cinema?
Let’s ask what qualifiers make a film “Christmas themed.” Love Actually has pursued the ranks of recent holiday classics. While focussing on the conflict resolution during the Christmas holiday, the film takes place over several months. There are other films that have extended holiday scenes. Who could forget the Christmas pageant in Mean Girls? Yet one scene does not make a movie into a holiday film. So it should take place essentially around the season. What about those films that take place all in one day, like an ancient Greek play… And that day is December 25th.
The Die Hard Dilemma
Ya, Die Hard takes place in one day on Christmas. Film nerds like to talk about this fact because it slips through the first time viewing eyes with little recognition. Originally, Die Hard needed to be a Christmas related story because the lead characters were experiencing a family crisis. An earlier draft of the script describes the McClane family as having lost a child on Christmas day years earlier. The story goes, Bruce Willis was too funny reciting lines like “Yippee Ki Yay” which didn’t jive with the dramatic overtones. The idea of the action-holiday genre was born.
But it Has a Crazy Grandfather
Decades before Die Hard tackled the Holiday box office with the action slot-filler, a film noir swept audiences. Ok, Lady in the Lake took a rather measly share upon its release. It remains a failure at critic success too, except for one unique trait. IT’S ALL SHOT IN THE FIRST PERSON!?!? I’m glad someone tried this but the result is nauseating, motion sickness not metaphorical). Bad reviews aside, when watching you get a detective thriller taking place on Christmas Day.
Twentieth Century USA religiously watched two things on Christmas. Football and It’s a Wonderful Life. The film would air on TV like clockwork, sometimes for 24 hours continuously on a single channel. If you were watching it then it either good times or you are stuck in a hospital and there is no other choice. But one country takes this a massive step further.
Home Alone Riots
Forget all the Polish Jokes you’ve heard as a kid. They are most likely incorrect stereotypes that do not make any sense nowadays. The modern country enjoys a stable and growing economy. Oh, and even a Christmas tradition of watching Home Alone. The movie would play on TV every year until the networks decided to change it up. Well, in 2010, patriots and Christmas goers throughout the country rose up and took arms to the streets. Fans leaped onto wire fences screaming “WHAT IS KEVIN DOING?” Some might have lit themselves on fire as the protest ensued. Because essentially the psyche get bound up throughout the year that the repetition of a tradition is a powerful way to relieve the stress. It’s funny that we do this as a cultural setting.