Saturday, December 1, 2007

"The Shop Around the Corner" — A Christmas Perennial

After you've run through the list of frequently seen classic holiday films, one you might want to check out, if you haven't already discovered it, is the Ernst Lubitsch film The Shop Around the Corner. It's a small, modest classic and it ends on a snowy Christmas Eve and therefore qualifies as a Christmas movie. Although the "Lubitsch touch" is often defined in its context with subtly in sexual subtext, its larger definition encompasses the entire human experience. The Shop Around the Corner has moment after moment of this subtle and gentle humanism. It's a movie that gets even better with repeat viewings.

The Shop Around the Corner (1940): A delicate classic with an exceptional ensemble that's at once a drama and a comedy and makes you feel that despite all that can go wrong, all is right with the world.

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