Italian, British, American: Christmas Classic Flicks

After the night Herculean task of hanging decoration after decoration up around the home, and on the Christmas tree, it becomes time for a well overdue rest in front of the TV, snuggled up warm and cozy.                                                                                put together a Christmas themed selection of film titles from all around the world for you to enjoy, so all you need to do is grab your remote control and get comfortable!


Italian film directors are known for their tendency for comedic flair on the first day of Advent, as it is practically a tradition. Here are five stories that will warm you up on even the coldest of wintery days. Enjoy a good laugh, Italian style!

1. Christmas at Cupiello’s – Natale a Casa Cupiello -, Eduardo De Filippo (1977).             The tragic comedy story of the Cupiello Family never gets old, even after almost a century since it was first staged as a play on the stages in Naples, years before hitting the big screen as a film.

2. Christmas Holidays – Vacanze di Natale -, Carlo Vanzina, (1983).                                       An epic, never-ending battle between a classical upper class, pomp and proper Milanese family, and a noisy and quite vulgar family from Rome, threatens to turn the snowy heights of beautiful Cortina into an arena with its gripping plot.

3. Dearest Relatives, Poisonous Relations – Parenti Serpenti -, Mario Monicelli (1992).    A black comedy involving the affections of relatives whose affections are as sincere as those of poisonous snakes, something we are all familiar with when we are all gathered under the same roof as our family for Christmas. These “snake-relatives” are described by an old Italian saying: “parenti serpenti”.

4. Christmas Rematch – La rivincita di Natale -, Pupi Avati (2004).                                 Here is a tale involving old friends who meet together in Bologna for the Christmas holidays. One of them fights with all of his might, in order to humiliate his companions at a game of poker, because he wishes to make up for all of the jokes at his expense, and all the lost games in his lifetime. However, as he wins money, he loses friends and camaraderie.

5. Christmas in New York – Natale a New York -, Neri Parenti (2006).                                  A group of Italians has come to New York for the Christmas holidays. What is so funny about that, you ask? Well, so many liaisons are involved that even the characters become confused about who loves who in this film!

Great Britain

Tim Burton reigns as the king of the fantasy realms of the UK, but Hugh Grant takes the stage as the real classic star!

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton (1993).                                                      This is the movie for when you want to just hang little skulls up as decorations, instead of singing Jingle Bells. It is gloomy, yet endearing.

2. Love Actually, Richard Curtis (2003).                                                                                Hugh Grant serves as the narrating voice for ten stories of love that culminate and flourish during the five weeks before Christmas, and the cast is star-studded: Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Kiera Knightly, Alan Rickman, Claudia Schiffer, Emma Thompson and so many others. Some people swear they just can’t get enough of Love Actually’s ode to love in these modern times!

3. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Tim Burton (2005).                                                  This remake of a cherished Christmas classic will still have you bouncing around singing Jingle Bells one moment, and the Oompa Loompa Song the next. Its fairy-tale of little Charlie however, is unchanged and is oh too chocolatey sweet for the two hours you will be glued to the screen watching it!

United States

Here are ten American classics for you to binge on, starting with the 2000s and going back as far as the 1940s, this list is timeless in how heartfelt the Christmas season will feel for you.
1. Fantasia:  James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, and Ben Sharpsteen (1940).                                                                                                                   Possibly Walt Disney’s greatest masterpiece of all time gets even more, enchanting under the lights of the Christmas tree, it’s a colorful, and delightful spectacle!

2. Miracle on 34th Street, Les Mayfield (1947).                                                                     Macy’s resident Santa Claus is called to court to prove his identity: is he really the legendary man dressed in red and white that is responsible for bringing presents to all the good kids of the world?

3. Santa Claus, Jeannot Szwarc (1985).                                                                                        The story of how Claus, peasant woodcutter of the 14th century, became the legendary Santa.

4. Home Alone, Chris Columbus (1990).                                                                                        A classic American Christmas-themed comedy, little Kevin is left home alone, after his parents’ flight with their family forgets about him, and stuck fending off bumbling burglars. Little Kevin has been the undisputed champion of beating bumbling burglars and charming hearts since the 90s.

5. Mrs. Santa Claus, Terry Hughes (1996).                                                                         Whoever said women can’t drive the sleigh!? This film has the self-assured Mrs. Claus determined to prove herself to her husband, that is until she has to make an emergency landing in New York City.

6. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Ron Howard (2000).
Based on the classic book, this film proves it really isn’t Christmas until you’ve watched the Grinch try to steal it at least once!

7. Elf, Jon Favreau (2003).                                                                                                    Adopted as a child among Santa’s elves, Buddy soon learns he does not quite fit in when he grows up, and travels to New York, in full elf uniform no less, in search of his original family.

8. The Holiday, Nancy Meyers (2006).                                                                                       This film is about two women, one American and one British (Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet) who swap homes for the Christmas holidays. Will they find solace in their new love affairs with two local men (Jude Law and Jack Black) after the bad breakups they have both had in their respective home countries? Will they be willing to go back home to their old lives if their new loves work out?

9. A Christmas Carol, Robert Zemeckis (2009).                                                                          It wouldn’t be Christmas without watching the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future haunt Ebenezer Scrooge, the character that became eponymous with having no Christmas spirit, now, would it?

10. Frozen, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee (2013).                                                                         Your friends and family will love singing along with Queen Elsa as she croons “Let it Gooo!” while practicing her icy magic in this seasonally appropriate cartoon!

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