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Blue Christmases

Blue Christmases

It’s not that we don’t get into the holiday mood at Criterion, but our carol of choice is less likely to be “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” than “In the Bleak Midwinter.” Our titles have Christmas celebrations that are marred by dysfunction (A Christmas Tale) or poverty (Mon oncle Antoine), lavish parties tinged with morbid melancholia (Fanny and Alexander) or adolescent anxiety (Metropolitan)—and what would Christmas be without some passive-aggressive gift giving (All That Heaven Allows)? Don’t even get us started on Lulu’s grisly yuletide at the climax of Pandora’s Box. Check out the titles below—they may not offer Miracle on 34th Street warm and fuzzies, but they do propose their own undeniable brand of Noel spirit.

Watch the Criterion visual essay “Blue Christmas.”