White Christmas (1954) on 35mm

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Director: Michael Curtiz Run Time: 120 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 1954

Starring: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Dean Jagger, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen

Country: United States
Language: English

“With wit, exuberance, and some show stopping hits, “White Christmas” is a cracking musical…warm, sweet, and perfect”

Matt Ford for BBC

About the film:

The romantic and humorous tale of two Army buddies who became a top-notch musical comedy team after the war and are now the toast of Broadway. When they find their old beloved general is in danger of losing his inn due to the lack of snow and lack of guests, the duo enlist the help of two singing sisters to perform their latest hit show and help save the inn.

The first film released in Paramount’s innovative VistaVision, a process that provided sharper images by filming on twice the surface area as a standard 35mm film, White Christmas features the songs of Irving Berlin, including “Sisters”, the Academy Award nominated “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” and a new version of the Academy Award winning song “White Christmas” first introduced by Bing Crosby in the film Holiday Inn.

About the filmmaker:

A versatile storyteller who could handle any genre, Hungarian-born American film director Michael Curtiz began his career as a stage actor and circus pantomime—and as a fencer on Hungary’s 1912 Olympic team—before directing and starring in Hungary’s first feature film, Today and Tomorrow. One of the country’s most important directors, his unique visual style eventually caught the eye of film studios in the United States. He helmed over 100 films during his Hollywood career, including The Adventures of Robin Hood, Mildred Pierce, and Casablanca, which earned him the Academy Award for Best Director, and the musicals Yankee Doodle Dandy, This Is the Army, and White Christmas. He also earned the Academy Award for Best Short Subject for Sons of Liberty.

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