Our new post is now up at our Grand Old Movies Wordpress blog where, in keeping with the season, we take a look at a Christmas-themed film: Robert Siodmak’s noir-oriented Christmas Holiday. It’s not your conventional Christmas movie. Although it takes place at Yuletide, it deals with such cheery topics as pathological obsession, self-debasement, twisted love, and murder for kicks. That it stars Deanna Durbin and Gene Kelly—-two performers not exactly known for their noir oeuvre—-makes the movie all that more fascinating to watch. And it may be the only movie we know of that combines Christmas, film noir, W. Somerset Maugham, and Richard Wagner’s “Liebestod” in one package. No doubt, just the film that would round off your holiday festivities nicely.
Please click on the title link to read our post. And Happy Holidays.