Sunday, 19 April 2015

Capital Celluloid 2015 - Day 117: Mon Apr 27

Christmas Holiday (Siodmak, 1944): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 8.50pm

This is part of the Robert Siodmak season at BFI and also screens on 30 April. Details here.

Chicago Reader review:
A demented melodrama from 1944, starring the most unlikely film noir couple of all time, Gene Kelly and Deanna Durbin. Kelly is a murderous Creole; Durbin is a sweet young thing from Vermont who supports him through thick but mostly thin. This bizarre film was the product of a collaboration between Germanic stylist Robert Siodmak (Phantom Lady) and scenarist Herman J. Mankiewicz (Citizen Kane). Somewhere in the background lurks a Somerset Maugham story. Highly peculiar, and a must for anyone who has suffered through One Hundred Men and a Girl.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) are the opening titles.

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