Where have all the Fezziwigs gone? Those festive souls whose joyfully uncomplicated relationship to Christmas inspires generosity and the highest of spirits?
The factors leading to the seasonal malaise documented above are far less easy to identify than the singular complaint of the famous song Koresky borrows for the title of his video essay.
A simple reunion would have fixed Elvis’s Christmas blues.
Not so the characters played by Catherine Deneuve, Angelica Huston, and other lovely, aging actresses gazing mournfully in this mash up. Large families, sumptuous tables, and lavishly decorated homes are no match for their seasonal depression.
Perhaps they should try volunteering in a soup kitchen.
Or getting away from it all in the French Canadian asbestos mining town that provides the setting for Claude Jutra’s Mon oncle Antoine. (Nothing like a child-sized coffin and some realistically grimy, non-fake snow to make you count your blessings!)
A complete list of the films selected by Koresky for this misery-loves-company compilation is below. (Kudos to producer Casey Moore for his masterful editing.)
Fanny and Alexander
Mon oncle Antoine
My Night at Maud’s
A Christmas Tale
A Christmas Carol (1971)
A Christmas Carol (1984)
The Curse of the Cat People
Dead of Night
Eyes Wide Shut
Meet Me in St. Louis
It’s a Wonderful Life
All That Heaven Allows
The Long Day Closes
Blast of Silence
For those who would not have masterpieces of cinema raining upon their Christmas parade, the Matinee’s antic Christmas Movie Supercut is above. Are we surprised that Gremlins made both lists?
Ayun Halliday is an author, illustrator, and Chief Primatologist of the East Village Inky zine. I Can Haz Eggnog with That is her Christmas present to all Spotify listeners’ ears. Follow her @AyunHalliday