THE HOLLY AND THE IVY
1952, Kino Lorber, 80 min, UK, Dir: George More O'Ferrall

Based on the classic play by Wynyard Browne ("Hobson’s Choice"), this heart-warming Christmas tale set in postwar Britain stars Ralph Richardson as Reverend Martin Gregory, a recently widowed minister torn between his roles of clergyman and father. His zeal for attending to his parishioners leads him to neglect the needs of his own family, until emotions boil over one Christmas. A charming and moving seasonal favorite, peaking with the family’s poignant reconciliation as they rediscover the true spirit of Christmas, the yuletide classic also stars Celia Johnson, Margaret Leighton and Denholm Elliott.


THE FALLEN IDOL
1948, Rialto Pictures, 95 min, UK, Dir: Carol Reed

Carol Reed, one of England’s most celebrated directors, probes the complexity and callousness of human relationships in this Oscar-nominated adaptation of a story by Graham Greene. Told through the naive eyes of an upper-class boy, the film centers on his idealization of his father’s butler, Baines, who entertains him with extravagant (and fictional) accounts of heroic adventures. Contrasting this is the reality of Baines’s unhappy, loveless marriage and his dreams of escaping his lot in life. Top-shelf performances from Ralph Richardson, Michèle Morgan and young Bobby Henrey fuel this suspenseful, exceptionally written story of loyalty, betrayal and everything in between.


WATERSHIP DOWN
1978, Janus Films, 91 min, Dir: Martin Rosen

“All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and when they catch you, they will kill you. … But first they must catch you.” This faithful adaptation of Richard Adams’ classic novel about a community of rabbits in southern England struggling to survive boasts beautiful hand-drawn animation but is hardly a children’s cartoon. Dark and sometimes violent, the journey Hazel (John Hurt) and his allies take to find refuge at Watership Down can be seen as an allegory about freedom and tyranny. Also featuring the voices of Ralph Richardson, Roy Kinnear, Denholm Elliott and Zero Mostel.


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