Film
CHRISTMAS STORY, A
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CHRISTMAS STORY, A

I watched A CHRISTMAS STORY for the first time in the cinema during its initial release in 1983.  I was 13 years old and was there with an old family friend who was one year younger than me.  I loved the film from that very first viewing, and still recall quite vividly walking out of the theater feeling electrified.  My companion, on the other hand, claimed to be bored by it. I have secretly thought less of him ever since and will never trust his taste in movies.  Even though I grew up decades after Ralphie, there is something about his neuroses and fantasies that connects to the nine year old in all of us.   I have much the same feelings for A CHRISTMAS STORY that I do to the very different, but equally essential DAZED AND CONFUSED.  I think the timelessness, the rewatchable nature and the warm comfort of both films come from capturing a specific snapshot of youth.  I deeply related to Ralphie’s struggles and every time I watch it I am transported back to a nostalgic, more simple time in my own life.   On top of this intimate connection to the film of course, A CHRISTMAS STORY is laugh-out-loud funny from beginning to end, and despite being a box-office failure has earned the right to stand alongside IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (also a box office failiure) as one of the two greatest holiday classics of all time. (Tim League)

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