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December 17, 2017

Vintage Holiday Show

You will certainly get your money’s worth at this year’s program of short Christmas and winter-themed films. Culled from the vast collections of the Harvard Film Archive, the family-friendly program is on motion picture film, international in scope, appropriate for young and old alike, and free of charge! Our gift to you. – Liz Coffey, Film Conservator


Free Admission
Sunday December 17 at 4:30pm

The Great Toy Robbery

Directed by Jeff Hale
Canada 1963, 35mm, color, 6 min

This funny, animated Christmas Western has become an HFA holiday show staple. Howard E. Burr Collection

 

DuPont Theater:
Three Young Kings

Directed by Richard Kinon
US 1956, 16mm, b/w, 27 min

Three boys get into trouble for taking to heart a Latin American Christmas tradition in this heartfelt television program. Jason Camuti Collection

 

Santa’s Workshop

Directed by Wilfred Jackson
US 1932, 16mm, color, 7 min

This classic cartoon reveals what happens behind-the-scenes at Santa’s North Pole workshop. Robert Gitt Collection

 

Winter on the Farm

US 1948, 16mm, color, 11 min

In one of the first color Encyclopaedia Britannica educational films, children do winter chores on the farm and watch animals going about their business. Somerville High School Collection

 

Winter Carousel

Directed by Wladyslaw Starewicz
France 1958, 16mm, color, 12 min

Animals enjoy ice skating in this charming puppet film by a pioneering animator. Boston Public Library Collection

 

Cold Pizza

Directed by Larry Kent
Canada 1972, 16mm, color, 18 min

This short follows the misadventures of two boys who try to earn money by delivering pizza in snowy Montreal. Boston Public Library Collection

 

Two Little Frosts

Directed by Jiri Trnka
Czechoslovakia 1953, 16mm, color, 13 min

Two chilly ghosts try to give people the shivers in this lively puppet film. Boston Public Library Collection

 

The Pony

Directed by Lawrence Cherry
Canada 1958, 16mm, b/w, 30 min

Two children in rural Canada want a pony for Christmas. Will their parents agree to it Boston Public Library Collection

TRT 125 min

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