White Christmas

Hampstead Theatre Presents the flicker club

Film: White Christmas

By Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank

Directed by Michael Curtiz

16 December 2012

Archived £20 - £10
Starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye



On a hot Californian night in 1940, the legendary composer and lyricist, Irving Berlin, called out to his secretary, ‘Grab your pen and take down this song. I just wrote the best song I’ve ever written — heck, I just wrote the best song that anybody’s ever written!’

Not a modest claim it’s true but when you consider that, according to the Guinness Book of Records, the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best selling single of all time, he had a point.

The 1954 film inspired by the song was the top grossing film of that year and has been a perennial favourite ever since.

Directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca), White Christmas is a feel good festive treat to give us all a warm glow in the bleak mid winter.

The flicker club screens films adapted from novels and short stories but we happily bend the rules for a screen classic. Here the inspiration comes from one of the most beloved and enduring songs of all time, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.

In true flicker club tradition, we will pay homage to the written word by inviting a special surprise guest who will read to you before the Christmas classic… The Night Before Christmas.

It is this anonymous 19th Century poem that is responsible for our conception of Santa Claus or Father Christmas.

So, are you sitting comfortably…?

‘‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;’

As it’s Christmas you will not leave empty handed. As well as the flicker club goody bag there will be a secret santa sack. Bring a wrapped copy of a book you’d like to share and you will leave with a new one…



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