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Nostalgic & Wonderful,
This review is from: The Holly & The Ivy [DVD] (DVD)
The Holly and the Ivy is a wonderful 1952 drama about an English clergyman whose neglects his own family, in his efforts to tend to his parishioners. Family tensions come to the surface at a Christmas family gathering. It stars the great Ralph Richardson, Celia Johnson, and Margaret Leighton. It was adapted from a play by Wynyard Browne.
The film takes place in an idyllic English snowy village that seems far removed from the realities of every day life, however, the agony of disillusion and the breakdown of communication within the family come to the fore over the Christmas period.
This is vintage english cinema with clipped enunciation that seem antiquated today as we are now much more familiar with the kitchen sink realism of British filmmaking.
However, the subject matter within the film like the clergyman (Richardson) slowly accepting his daughter (Leighton) drowning her sorrows with alcohol after personal tragedy were considered to be daring at the time.
So while The Holly and The Ivy now radiates a nostalgic glow, it is actually a record off the dramatic social, economic and cultural change that have occured over the past sixty years. Wonderful.