Holiday films from the period show touches
of modernist influence with lots of ho-ho-ho
For many, winter means more time indoors, and for many more, time indoors means catching up on essential movie-watching.
Worry not. The average modernist can spice their holiday season viewing with just the right mid-century Christmas classics on the screen. We've got eight great ones for you with lots of ho-ho-ho.
Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart starred in respective postwar classics set in the mid-'40s and centered around two Christmas Eve angels, 'The Bishop's Wife' and 'It's A Wonderful Life.' Child actress Karolyn Grimes is prominent in both, and both are also partly about mid-century building construction.
Stewart's first role after real-life service as a fighter pilot in the war was a man devoted to the Bailey Building and Loan. His character, George Bailey, gets credit for possibly the most interesting mid-century modern design in either film, the retractable dance floor/swimming pool in Bedford Falls (which still exists at Beverly Hills High School). The film also includes a montage of vintage neon signage.
Bing Crosby and Irving Berlin were teamed for a couple of tuneful Christmas stories in...