Christmas in the Movies (Revised & Expanded Edition): 35 Classics To Celebrate the Season

Running Pr. Oct. 2023. 280p. ISBN 9780762481040. $28. FILM
Readers will have themselves a merry little Christmas with Arnold’s (The Essentials: 52 More Must-See Movies and Why They Matter) revised and expanded edition that includes five more movies, additional content, and gorgeous photographs. The book focuses on feature films in which Christmas is the central plot while also giving lots of nods to those that have become part of the canon simply for including the holiday in some way. One could argue (and many do) that Die Hard is more a Christmas movie than Meet Me in St. Louis. Each write-up in this delightful volume is stuffed like a stocking with fun facts and trivia. Readers are sure to learn something new about the movies they’ve seen dozens of times. For instance, the 1994 adaptation of Little Women was only approved by Columbia Pictures when it was pitched as a Christmas movie. Sections on classic Christmas cartoons and movies of the 21st century complete the package, and the book’s bibliography and index ensure that it’s as useful as it is beautiful.
VERDICT A holiday treat about Christmas films that will make the perfect reading gift year-round.
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