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...and may all your Christmases be white

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Hard to find fault with a holiday mainstay like "White Christmas" (1954), a film that doesn't set out to revolutionize cinema or keep you up late at night pondering the mysteries of life. What it does well, however, is entertain with sheer talent via top-notch singing, dancing and set/costume design. CineVerse pulled this chestnut out of Santa's bag last evening and came away with these impressions:

It's bursting with heavyweight names: performers Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye (respectively, the number 1 and number 3 box office attractions at the time), songwriter extraordinaire Irving Berlin (whose titular theme went on to hold the record as the best-selling single in music history for more than 50 years), and versatile director 
It was also the very first film shot and released in VistaVision, a widescreen format that doubled the surface area of typical 35mm film stock, yielding richer colors, sharper definition and a wider canvas for the action. 
Additionally, it was the the first Paramount movie to feature the famous mountain logo that would become the studio's trademark).
Musical highlights include Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep, Sisters, Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me, and Snow. 
The plot? Irrelevant and as fluffy as a December snowflake, as is the case with many classic Hollywood musicals. 

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