Another Christmas film rarely seen by Americans, made in Australia in 1947.
I first saw this about 15 years ago, when we moved to Colorado, because our library had a VHS copy in it’s collection, now long gone. Don’t let the covers fool you – the film is in black and white.
A pack of five young children set off to recover their stolen horse, on their own in the Australian outback. My own kids thought it was the coolest that these children rode their horses to school, set out into the wilderness on their own – to chase horse thieves! And now you are wondering what their parents thought, right? Well, the kids told them they were just going camping for a few days, and astonishingly that was enough! It may have been made for children, but I found it highly entertaining. The 1987 remake stars a young Nicole Kidman, but we haven’t seen it.
No picture book review this week does not mean I couldn’t find one! Instead I’ve picked another form of storytelling I am passionate about – Perfect Films!
My parents asked if I could get a hold of this British classic from 1952 (IMDb), they remembered the PBS channel in NY used to show it. I found it too difficult, so I called on a film buff friend. Nowadays you can get a copy on ebay. Maybe you could then and I just couldn’t figure it out! In any case it is a tender delight – don’t pass it up next time you get a chance.
Directed by George More O’Ferrall, the script was adapted and produced by Anatole de Grunwald from a play by Wynyard Browne. Ralph Richardson plays the English clergyman who, in his devotion to his parishioners, seems to have sorely misunderstood, possibly even neglected, his own children, played by Celia Johnson, Margaret Leighton and Denholm Elliot. Over 80 minutes we see the family coming together to celebrate Christmas, the first Christmas since the mother has passed. The aunts, played by Margaret Halstan and Maureen Delaney, are my favorite characters, and I do hope you trouble yourself to find out why!
Read about the origins behind the Christmas carol, including the lyrics – HERE