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Book Digest This odd compendium of lists ends its 450 pages with Graham Fuller’s “Ten Christmas Movies to Save Us from Satan’s Power” (Fuller apologizes for leaving off Terry Zweigoff’s Bad Santa):
10. Christmas Holiday (1944, dir. Robert Siodmak)
9. Swiss Miss (1938, dir. John G. Blystone)
8. The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942, dir. William Keighley)
7. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, dir. Orson Welles)
6. Comfort and Joy (1984, dir. Bill Forsyth)
5. The Night Before Christmas (1941, dir. William Hanna & Joseph Barbara)
4. A Christmas Story (1983, dir. Bob Clark)
3. The Apartment (1960, dir Billy Wilder)
2. Scrooge (1951, dir Brian Desmond Hurst)
1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946, dir Frank Capra)
Another of my favorites is “Twisted Christopher, Ten Inimitable Walken Line Readings,” which, like all the selections, is accompanied by pithy and informed annotations to enhance the fun.
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