Heavenly Christmas Film Classics
Catch the spirit of Christmas Past with a collection of vintage Yuletide tales. See how a woman's reunion with her estranged father led to the writing of "Silent Night" in the British short "Starlight Night" (1939); an amnesiac war veteran is taken in by a widow and her son on Christmas Eve in the TV drama "Christmas Is Magic" (1953), with Robert Hutton and Frances Rafferty; "Silent Night: Story Of The Christmas Carol" (1953) offers another look at the beloved melody's origin; James Mason directed and hosts "The Star Of Bethlehem" (1954), a Nativity drama with an all-child cast (including Mason's daughter Portland as Mary and Jerry Mathers as Joseph); co-director Lotte Reiniger offers a "silhouette animation" depiction of Jesus' birth in "The Star Of Bethlehem" (1956); and three boys teach their Latin American village a lesson in giving in "Three Young Kings" (1956). 134 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English.