Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory - ABC Stage 67
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(Jul 25, 2007)
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Geraldine Page IS Sook Faulk. She's NOT acting. She simply IS her - and always will be as far as I am concerned. This film gets my vote for the most perfect hour of television - ever. The performances, the story, the narration - nothing could be improved upon. The final scene with the spinster and child flying kites becomes almost unbearable when Miss. Sook reveals her heart: "I've always thought a body would have to be sick and dying before they saw the Lord. And I imagined that when He came it would be like looking at the Baptist window: pretty as colored glass with sun pouring through, such a shine you don't know it's getting dark. And it's always been a comfort: to think of that shine taking away all the spooky feeling. But I'll wager it never happens. I'll wager at the very end a body realizes the Lord has already shown Himself. That things as they are, just what they've always seen, was seeing him. As for me, I could leave the world with today in my eyes." I feel that same way when I watch this little film. It communicates so much, so simply.
Now, as for this black & white copy - what's up with that? This was filmed in color. The print I recorded is in color. It's beautiful. I've haven't yet seen "The Thanksgiving Visitor" - why doesn't some company release these two films together on one DVD - fully restored???? It would make a perfect Christmas gift for anyone who considers themselves a fan of either Truman Capote or Geraldine Page.Read more ›
pecan orchard, young Donnie Melvin and the remarkable Miss Page are
unforgettable. The authentic Southern setting looks so real that it
hurts, at least to one who raided a pecan orchard or two in his own
time. The color photography of the entire picture is muted and excellent."
-- from Howard Thompson's review of A Christmas Memory (in its
theatrical release) from the November 7th, 1969, New York Times.
It's a rare pleasure to watch this dramatization of a piece of great
American literature, and it has become a ritual in my home to watch
this movie with friends and family each year. Donnie Melvin and
Geraldine Page work so well together, they truly bring the story to life.
Hard to imagine, but the original short story was written while author
Truman Capote was vacationing in Hong Kong.
A Christmas Memory was filmed in direct collaboration with Mr. Capote,
and it won many awards, including a Peabody and three Emmys, after it
first aired on ABC Television's Stage67 series.
One problem: This VHS cassette is in black and white and thus offers a
diminished experience from what was created in the 1966 color original.
The story still shines through, but this small gem deserves
better. A color copy of A Christmas Memory of equivalent quality to the
above can be found online elsewhere.
This version is a very poor quality black and white kinescope . It does not include any special material such as Stage 67 title sequence or commercials, extras which sometime distinguish a kinescope. Excellent color prints were shown on the A&E cable network in 1993. See also "Truman Capote's Trilogy" (1969) for a slightly edited version of "A Christmas Memory" and the companion book by the Perrys (1969).
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I had seen this little film many years ago, and simply loved it. It is narrated by Truman Capote himself, and one can hear in his voice not someone just reading copy but someone... Read morePublished 6 months ago by BaBZ
This is a great movie, but the copy I received had terrible audio and video quality, and was in black and white, although it's a color film. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Scully
This was not an original copy. I love this movie but the product sent was subpar.Published 7 months ago by gigi
If you love the book, you will LOVE this version. It is narrated by Truman Capote himself. And is almost verbatim from the short story - nothing extra, no bells and whistles. Read morePublished 7 months ago by C. O'Hara
I love this show and have been looking for it for decades. I wish the print of it were clearer, but after a half a century I am happy I can watch it at all.Published 8 months ago by P. Schroeter
A Christmas Classic superior any of those we hear every year!! Must see every year!!Published 8 months ago by Yogi C
It was a pleasure to watch what had always been a Holiday classic in our home many years ago.
I've taken off one point because the producers did not bother to either... Read more