A Very Fine ‘Christmas Carol’

I know–the phrase “made for TV” conjures up visions of shoddiness, banality, and tripe. But here is a remarkable exception to that rule.

A Christmas Carol, with George C. Scott as Scrooge, first appeared on TV in 1984 as one of those Hallmark Hall of Fame productions. Charles Dickens’ story has appeared in countless film versions, but this one, if not the very best (I think that honor must go to the 1950 film starring Alistair Sim), is still wonderfully good.

All right, maybe I’m getting sappy as I get older. Time after time, this film stirs my heart. If you’re not afraid to feel, this one’s for you.

Scott’s Scrooge is probably the meanest and most obnoxious of them all–and so his redemption and regeneration is all the more occasion for rejoicing. There are those who say A Christmas Carol has nothing to do with Christ. Well, if redemption and regeneration are not the essence of Christianity, I don’t know what is.

I must also add that Frank Finlay‘s Marley–Marley’s ghost, that is–is surely the scariest of them all. And the original musical score by the Bicat brothers will stay with you for a long time, and delight you every time a few bars of it happen to dance across your mind: I promise you that.

If you haven’t seen this yet–well, what are you waiting for? It’s on youtube. Watch it today!

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