A Child's Christmas in Wales / Noël au pays de Galles (Bilingual)
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This timeless tale is as wondrous as the story's snow globe, delivering with pristine gentleness a glimpse of a child's Welsh Christmas told from the remembrances of a kindly grandfather to his attentive grandson. Dylan Thomas' 1955 poem of the same name--originally written for radio--is richly adapted to the small screen by director Don McBrearty who brings to life an already masterful piece of prose, infusing it with even more grandeur through vivid costumes, scripting, and cinematography. Denholm Elliott is captivating, both as narrator and as Old Geraint, the grandpa who settles in on a rainy Christmas Eve to share with young Thomas (Mathonwy Reeves) his memories of Christmas past. Who can forget the fire in Mrs. Prothero's parlor; the unending snow, "a dumb, numb thunderstorm of white"; the Useless Presents, including the mewing moo; the Uncles "trying their new cigars"; and, always, the Aunties-- including Hannah, who customarily "laced her tea with rum." Gift-wrapped in delicate music by Lou Natale, the language, imagery, and subtle humor of this film--absent of stain and cynicism--makes for a suitably classic "annual family tradition." (All ages) --Lynn Gibson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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You will not find it in any store and even Amazon only had a few copies so I purchased 2. I can't believe it is not still shown every Christmas on the PBS channels. It is so much better than any other of the schlock you see.
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Absolutely wonderful dvd. I have ordered other copies for friends.Published 28 days ago by Janet Bowlsby
This is a beautiful video. I am a fan of Dillon Thomas' poetry. This video brings his peom to life.Published 8 months ago by Diana
A thoughtful and sensitive recreation of Dylan Thomas' poem which carries the sense of the original. This is a Christmas Eve tradition with our family.Published 8 months ago by Mike Gilbert
A nostalgic story of a Christmas of the past with no TV or radio; only a maiden aunt warbling through a sad song with snow falling if you wished it and someone to tuck you into bed... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lorna May Canada
I'd recommend this to anyone who's had it with the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, baking, wrapping, etc. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2014 by Mrs Margaret Donohue
Born in Llandaff and having enjoyed 20 Christmases in Wales this DVD was very entertaining at the same time one of some memories, unfortunately we never had the fire but certainly... Read morePublished on Sept. 14 2013 by eudora