Third viewing; this time with commentary.
I think this is my favorite Clarke film. Brilliant.
The 2-minute short The Boot Sale notwithstanding, I'd been heretofore unfamiliar with the work of Diane Morgan. I was therefore going into this 30-minute episode blind, aside from brief reviews from other Letterboxd users whose opinions I value.
The show mainly consists of Diane Morgan, in character as Philomena Cunk, discussing the history of Christmas, while taking the piss out of everything from Jesus to the fat bearded man. Although I found the Sasha Baron Cohen-esque interviews quite entertaining, I…
"There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM, and ITT, and AT&T, and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide, and Exxon."
This film is 40 years old, and the above quote rings just as true today as it did back then. It is scary how pertinent this scarily-prescient film still feels today.
I am shocked at how many middling-to-poor reviews of this film there are here on Letterboxd.
With its painterly visuals, excellent story as a not-very-subtle metaphor for the evils that men do, and good direction, this is nothing short of a masterpiece. I'm not one for hyperbole, nor am I one to conflate my own opinion with fact, but I am surprised anyone could think of this as anything less than a very good film.
C'est la vie, one man's trash..., etc...
If nothing else, this parable shows that animation is not just for kids. For this alone, the film feels ahead of its time.