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A Child's Christmas in Wales / Noël au pays de Galles (Bilingual)

Denholm Elliott , Mathonwy Reeves , Don McBrearty    DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Treasure! Dec 21 2009
Format:DVD
This video version of "A Child's Christmas in Whales" By Dylan Thomas is a classic treasure. It used to be on the PBS channels in the 80's and we made a primitive tape of it and watched it every Chirstmas for years but somehow that was lost. My children are now in their late 30's but they still enjoy seeing this beautiful and artistic version of the classic poem.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Child's Christmas in Wales Sept. 8 2013
By Lynn
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I love this DVD. It's a classic Christmas story by Dylan Thomas and is both beautiful and amusing. it's very enjoyable to watch this every Christmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a childs christmas in wales Jan. 21 2013
Format:DVD
i can not believe a british company has not taken the option to release
a normal priced copy... (clean it up quality etc) it really is quality
piece of christmas tv the best childrens christmas story
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5.0 out of 5 stars So glad to have found an old classic Jan. 11 2013
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Had this on cassette tape and would play it every Christmas time. It is a classic! Reminds one of simpler times. So glad I can now carry on our Christmas tradition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the memories Dec 21 2012
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I saw this piece as a child on TV...so wonderful to share with my kids on DVD now during the Holiday Season!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for folk with a Christmas heart! Dec 5 2012
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Being a Welshman in Florida I always miss the warm-hearted/togetherness of the Brit Xmas. This brought it all back to me and once again made me realise what I was missing these days!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a Christmas tradition Jan. 12 2012
By Sally
Format:DVD
A charming and thoughtfully done adaptation of the original work. This poem has been a part of our family's Christmas celebrations for many years. It was a true pleasure to enjoy it in this version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia of Christmas March 3 2014
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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 with remembered dramatic stories from the past. The lilting alliteration of Dylan Thomas' story about the town and its people carries the story along: boys getting into mischief and the ever-sleeping uncles following dinner on Christmas Day who need waking up with a bang from a paper bag. An evocative, tender and sometimes humorous movie. Beautiful scenery and acting. The rating speaks for itself.
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