As we close in on our annual celebration of “the day the angels sang,” I am lining up a bevy of films to keep me from needing insulin injections, as would be the case with consumption of normal cinematic holiday fare.
Here are the Christmas movies I recommend to ward off hyperglycemia:
Though not really a Christmas film, The Victors certainly has the most unforgettable juxtaposition of a grim scene with a traditional carol. It takes place during World War II and is based on an actual execution of an American deserter. You can watch the 1963 British anti-war film on YouTube. You will know what I mean as soon as you hear Frank Sinatra’s voice.
There is a ton on the Internet about this year being the hundredth anniversary of the Christmas Truce of World War I. A great movie that covers that territory is Joyeux Noel. Made in 2005, of the three films here, this one is the most heartwarming. But it does take place during a war that killed millions, so it won’t take you too far from reality.
And then there is my favorite Christmas movie of all time, The Lion in Winter. A splendid cast, a fabulous script, and a portrayal of a family holiday gathering that will make your family look benign, not matter how dysfunctional you think you are.
These choices, I admit, are quirky, but you can eat candy with impunity while you watch them.