Miracle on 34th Street
Sunday, November 27, 2016, 3:00 p.m.
Dir. George Seaton. 1947. 96 mins. 35mm. With Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, Natalie Wood. This Christmas perennial is so iconic that one might forget what a witty, clever piece of work it is, as pinpoint accurate a satire about post-WWII consumer culture as it is delightful reaffirmation of human goodness and holiday cheer. Winner of much-deserved Oscars for its screenplay and for best supporting actor Edmund Gwenn as “a nice man with whiskers” named Kris Kringle who gets a job at Macy’s during the holiday shopping season, Miracle on 34th Street is an elegant New York comedy, featuring adorable Natalie Wood in her first major role, as a skeptical Santa nonbeliever.
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