10 years of Flick Filosopher: war is hell, especially at Christmastime
I basically started at the beginning of FlickFilosopher.com, with this ongoing retrospective, and have been moving forward in time, but I’m gonna jump out of those temporal constraints at the moment so I can highlight one of the most touching movies about the magic of Christmas I’ve ever seen, since there won’t be another Christmas before I’m done next September. From my review of Joyeux Noel, from earlier this year:
If irony wasn’t actually invented in the 20th century, perhaps it was invented for the 20th century, which started out with an unsinkable ship that promptly sank and moved immediately into a war to end all wars that everyone loved so much they said, What the hell, let’s make a sequel. And in the opening months of that first Great War, a most extraordinary — and most ironic — event occurred: On December 24, 1914, French and British soldiers ventured forth out of their trenches, German soldiers clambered out of theirs, and they all met in the middle to celebrate the holiday. And then, after this brief and spontaneous Christmas truce, they went back to their trenches to face the prospect of having to kill their new friends.
• review of Joyeux Noël, posted 05.04.06
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