Deanna Durbin and Christmas Holiday

Movie Fan Fare features a lengthy post on Christmas Holiday, a film noir starring Deanna Durbin and Gene Kelly. Not much attention is paid to GK here, but if you’re a noir fan (as I am) you might appreciate parts of the guest blogger’s analysis:

What gets overlooked is the strength of the film’s noir statement. The film is mildly unorthodox in that its universe is more thematically than visually noirish, and even more so because its protagonist is a woman. Christmas Holiday is concerned with corrupt and perverse relationships and the absurd obligations that accompany marriage. The film is noirish not in the sense that these relationships exist, but instead in that Abigail, the protagonist, fails to see them — and consequently pays a terrible price.

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