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Re: Christmas Movie Cliche thread
« on: December 08, 2012, 09:39:19 pm »
Well, Christmas Story and It's A Wonderful Life have that in common, they were both big bombs at the box office... or at least not very popular.  The only reason Wonderful Life became the mainstay is because some desk clerk forgot to renew the copyright (which he only had to do once every 28 years) and so it lapsed into the public domain, and since it took place at Christmas (at the end at least), all the TV stations treated it like a Christmas movie.  It got played all the time so naturally everyone thought that was because it was so good, and there you go.  I do like the movie though.

Funny enough, a couple years ago I met this duo who were writing a sequel to Wonderful Life, they had gotten the necessary rights  and even met the surviving crew and cast members.  The first thing I asked them was if George ever left the town because he kept going on about that the entire movie.  They said I was the first person who asked that question.  We swapped cards and I asked if I could take a look at the script and they said sure and I never heard from them again.  Take from that what you will.

My family isn't big on Turkey so we don't have Turkey dinner.  We also don't do the big family meeting, so I can't say how real or unreal that cliche is.  My dad and stepmom have a HUGE family, 41 people, which I'm curious about but not enough to GO there for it.  Too small and too few bathrooms.  But that's too much for any piece of literature.  But that seems more realistic than what we see in the flicks.  And I'm sure I'm the wacky relative of the group.   Or at least the unpredictable one.

 

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