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The casting is perfection, the settings spot-on, and Dylan Thomas' work comes alive vividly before your eyes.
So well does this film conjure the savory smells coming from the Christmas-Day kitchen, when all the women are busy preparing the meal, that one's mouth waters. We can't help but laugh at the uncles, who having stuffed themselves to capacity, loosen their belts and fall asleep in that fine sleeping time post-revelry. And then there is that wonderful moment, at the end of the day, when Christmas carols are sung and a weary child is tucked into bed, head still full of Christmas pleasures...
"A Child's Christmas in Wales" is a warm and poignant treat for the senses and for the heart. I give it five stars enthusiastically, and look forward to our annual viewing. It has become a family tradition.
Having never seen an adaptation of "Child's Christmas" on TV, I was really pleased to see a VHS of this a few years ago in the video shop. We rented it and loved it - and now its on DVD for all to see and cherish! Any human of 5 years age or older will not fail to be captivated by this.
The production shifts between a 'modern' family's Christmas eve and the half-remembered Christmas celebrations from the 'modern' grandfather's (Denholm Elliott) childhood. The family home is the same for both time periods, itself becoming a key character within the piece.
Dylan Thomas' poem is left intact and is BEAUTIFULLY and IMAGINATIVELY brought to life by a talented cast of Welsh actors, who act and sing their way with almost uncanny passion. The humor of the verse is actually improved by several visual gags.
For me, this is the best portrayal of Christmas ever filmed, with the possible exception of the last scene of a good "Christmas Carol". There is no suggestion of the ' freedom from avarice' theme that is key to "Crhistmas Carol", "Miracle on 34th St" and the newer Christmas productions. The spirit is entirely one of nostalgia, love and reflection -- surely those are the best emotions of all.
I hope you enjoy this as much as my family!
It is hard to describe this movie. The poetry of Dylan Thomas combines with the images and story of the film in such a powerful imaginative way that I doubt I will ever want to just read the poem by itself.
There are so many classic moments. Perhaps one of my favorites is the four boys going up to the old man's door to sing carols. They try singing Good King Wenceslas but are frightened away by the haunting whispery singing on the other side of the door.
I strongly recommend this movie to everyone. Buy a copy for yourself and buy multiple copies to give to families, friends, and lovers. Let this movie become part of your Christmas.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic Christmas gift--beautiful, moving and funny professional production!Published 19 days ago by Denise M.
Many years ago when my family first saw this great Christmas show , we all loved it . Now that the children are all grown with little ones of their own( yes , I borrowed this line... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Floyd Farless
Very low key. It is what it sounds like; a poem being read. I suspect the man who wrote A Christmas Story was inspired by this. Most of it is the visuals to go with the lines. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The same version I watched with my father when I was a kid. Brought back lots of memories. Well worth the price just for that. Sound has improved in the last 50 years.Published 5 months ago by garlec
Based on Dylan Thomas's poem, this recreation of Christmas in old Wales is a rare classic! Watching is has become a family tradition for us, and we need to keep buying copies for... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sharon Allred
I originally saw this when it aired on PBS in the 80's and loved it. It is a wonderful recreation of the poem. I bought a copy for my daughter and she loved it too. What a gem.Published 6 months ago by Kjam
I will watch this every year. Viewing this should lead to reading—or listening to—the entire short poem. Read morePublished 6 months ago by E. Brunn