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It's just a few days till Christmas and although we're not open to bring you all your festive favourites on the big screen this year, we've asked our staff to select their favourite Xmas films that you can watch at home. We're taking a small break from our recommends newsletter after today but we'll be back in the New Year!

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A Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) // Brian Henson

Head of Cinema Operations: Colin

'Muppets Christmas Carol is my favourite Christmas film I think because it shows even the hardest hearts can be melted by good will - see the scene where Beaker gives his scarf to Scrooge. Gets me every time!'

Watch on Disney +
101 Dalmatians (1961) // Wolfgang Reitherman, Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske

Culture Aberdeen: Daniel

"A Christmas favourite of childhood. I have vivid memories of watching the puppies running through the snow while I was waiting for my Xmas dinner - heart-warming nostalgia." 

Watch on Disney +

The Bishop's Wife (1947) // Henry Koster

Head of Education & Learning: Yvonne

"It takes a lot to top It's A Wonderful Life as the perfect Christmas film for me, but The Bishop's Wife comes close. It was recommended to me last year by Diane Henderson, our amazing EIFF Deputy Artistic Director, and what a joyful discovery! It's a delicious, magical confection of festive fun - with a dreamy Cary Grant playing an angel who visits a dejected bishop, played by David Niven.  Grant soon wins the affections of the bishop's long neglected wife (played by Loretta Young)
... to say any more would spoil your fun. Enjoy with a mince pie and a mulled wine!"

Watch on Prime
Carol (2015) // Todd Haynes

Front of House: Phoebe

" I first saw this film when I was studying in Glasgow and didn't know how much I needed it until I watched it on an icy day at the GFT. It's definitely a seasonal favourite of mine. It's a beautifully intoxicating romance following the forbidden love of two women living in 1950's New York."

Watch on Prime
Gremlins (1984) // Joe Dante

Marketing Officer: Kirsty

"I first caught this on TV one Xmas eve when I was very young. Since then it has become a bit of a tradition to watch it on Xmas eve and it feels really nostalgic to me now, especially when I hear that soundtrack. Gizmo is just so adorable I could cry. Gremlins is the perfect wacky, satirical escapism!"

Watch on Prime
A Christmas Story (1983) // Bob Clark

Front of House: Jamie

" I used to watch this classic on repeat at my grandparents house when I was wee one, so it always brings back great memories of that time.

Watch on Prime
An English Murder // Cyril Hare

Programme Officer: Raymah

"This somewhat forgotten 50s novel has recently been reissued to newfound acclaim. We find ourselves in one of the most classic set ups for the genre: a group of estranged family members head to their patriarch’s manor for Christmas - when one of the group keels over and dies. They find themselves snowed in, with telephone lines down, and only themselves to solve the crime. Hare’s commentary of post-war Britain (of which many of these are still a part of our contemporary conversations) feature class structures changing, attitudes towards foreigners and a reluctance to reconcile with one’s country’s history - which all lead a part in the unravelling of the mystery." 
Merry Christmas from the Belmont Filmhouse team!

We want to take the opportunity to say thank you for all the support you have given us throughout 2020. We've been touched by the messages of support and the outpouring of love for Belmont we have received. 

We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We can't wait to welcome you back in 2021
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