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All I Want for Christmas

Date produced: 1965

Filmmaker(s):

Sidney N. Laverents


Night Before Christmas

Date produced: 1938

Filmmaker(s):

Joseph Hollywood


Santa Visits Elaine

Date produced: 1937

Filmmaker(s):

John Pohl

Description:

"'Santa Visits Elaine,' 16mm. in color, by John E. Pohl of Cicero, Ill., was the winner in the home movies class. The picture is finely done. It greets you with an unusually strong title when it flashes upon you on the screen. No filters are used. There are few characters in the story—as a matter of fact Elaine and her mother carry the greater burden of the cast. To be sure, Santa is in the limelight long enough to do a little tree and interior decorating. Elaine looks a trifle large to accept as gospel truth all the conversation sometimes handed to children about the comings and goings of Santa Claus, but the young lady does or is caused to do one good deed which may indicate one of two things: either she is going to do her utmost to entertain Santa while he is visiting that house or else she has a line on the habits of the male person who is in her mind slated to do the hanging. She very prominently places a bottle of beer and a large glass right where the visitor cannot miss it. Does he miss it? No, he does not. In spite of the obstacle presented by the phoney mustaches he gets around them." American Cinematographer, Jan. 1939, 17.


Typical Christmas . . . a Fable, A

Date produced:

Filmmaker(s):

Chris Cummings

Description:

"This parody of a silent film was made for the El Paso Junior League to promote their Holiday Provisional Bash at the El Paso Club. Using black and white film and intertitles, the parody follows the Rich family’s Christmas morning where Rico Rich gives Rhonda Rich the same gift she gets every year - manure. When the couple attends the Jr. League Provisional Bash, a “Eureka!” moment occurs, providing the moral of the story: If you don’t want your husband to keep giving you that same old manure every Christmas . . . Come to the Provisional Bash” Texas Archive of the Moving Image.


At Christmas Time

Date produced: 1940

Filmmaker(s):

Esther Martin


First Christmas Gift, The

Date produced: 1940

Filmmaker(s):

Rudolph Rowland

Description:

"The First Christmas Gift is a 'first film'. It was made over a week-end, only two hundred feet of film were exposed to make a two hundred foot picture. This was part of the problem, for the film was a bit of 'home work' in the University course being pursued by the producer. Christmas actually having passed, it was necessary for the producer to manufacture the small Christmas tree used for atmosphere, and so also, the snow on the lady's coat was improvised from materials found at home on a Sunday" ("Program Notes," 1940).


Multiple Sidosis

Date produced: 1970

Filmmaker(s):

Sidney N. Laverents

Description:

"Multiple Sidosis by Sidney N. Laverentz a PSA member of National City, California. Sid's title is a mind-boggler surpassed only by the unbelievable single frame multi-image exposures, all in synchronization, that is reminiscent of his winner of a few years ago, "One Man Band." This 10-minute 16mm film won for him a Ten Best medal and the Golden Microphone Award, the new title for the past Sound Award" PSA Journal, Nov. 1970, 38.


Green Christmas

Date produced: 1969

Filmmaker(s):

Roy C. Martin

Description:

"Green Christmas is a seven-minute gift from Roy Martin of Annandale, Va., done to the tune of Stan Freberg's recording of the same name. Clever animation and a wide use of imagination make this almost-too-long film quite entertaining. You'll like this version of how commercial Christmas can get. It's in glorious Christmas color" PSA Journal, Nov. 1969, 57.


Fairy Princess

Date produced: 1956

Filmmaker(s):

Margaret Conneely

Description:

"The story of a little girl and the doll she wanted for Christmas. She asked for a fairy princess, got just a doll, but then the doll comes to life and dances, delighting the disillusioned miss and the film ends on a happy note." PSA Journal, Nov. 1956, 22.


Merry Christmas

Date produced: 1955

Filmmaker(s):

S. J. Hazard

Description:

"An amusing, sophisticated treatment of a family Christmas. As the second film ever made by Mr. Hazard, "Merry Christmas" also won the first award and trophy at the 1955 Louisville international Exhibit of Photography. Excellent editing and directing result in the delightful skit of a tiny tot's premature discovery of Christmas tree and presents while parents are still sound asleep and of the mayhem that follows." PSA Journal, Dec. 1955, 35.


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