6 rare films in an exclusive DVD that makes a nice Christmas gift! Special price to blog readers -- just $15, postage included!
(1953) 13 min., color. Beautifully told true story of how Franz Gruber created the iconic 1818 Christmas carol.
(1953) 24 min. Robert Hutton plays a war vet with amnesia who is taken in by widow Frances Rafferty and her son on Christmas Eve. You can watch the complete film below.
(1956) 12 min., color. The Nativity told using the silhouette animation style of Lotte Reiniger.
(1956) 28 min. Episode of “DuPont Theater.” In Latin America three boys follow a village tradition of carrying Christmas gifts to the mission church children dressed as the Three Wise Men. In the poor section of town they give the presents to the ragged children instead, causing a crisis in conscience over the true meaning of giving.
(1954) 26 min. Produced, directed by and starring James Mason. After Mason reads sections from the bible that lead up to the birth of Jesus, the Nativity is enacted starring a cast of children. A heartfelt, inventive and personal religious project by a Hollywood star.
(1939) 30 min. Opulent British docu-drama about the creation of the famous Christmas carol centers on a stern father estranged from his daughter.
Films by Family Films, Cathedral Films and similar religious groups to spread the Gospel. These were shown primarily in churches or on Sunday morning TV. Many were intentionally released into the public domain to find the widest possible audience.
(1955-'57) Half-hour TV anthology series dramatizes the lives of clergymen of all faiths and the problems they face in both their professional and personal lives.
Because the Face appears more than once, it may have been an intentional although subliminal insertion by the film's producer, Sovereign Films. Another theory is that it is an artifact of the 16mm to video transfer process. Yet others may claim that we altered the film to attract publicity, and I can assure everyone that is not at all the case. The DVD was released by Festival Films over three months ago and today is the first time I and my two partners became aware of this phenomena.
A WW-2 war veteran (Robert Hutton) with amnesia gets off a train in a town he never heard of on Christmas Eve. In the village square he meets a young widow (Frances Rafferty) whose husband was killed in the war and her 8-year-old son. The son and man, who calls himself John Doe for lack of his real name, quickly bond and he goes home with them to wait for Santa to arrive. The mother and son pray together in a moving scene not often found on television. Later John Doe helps trim the tree while the widow helps him remember his past. Miracles happen.
|Robert Hutton and Frances Rafferty|
We urge you to watch the film from the beginning to end first to experience the full effect of the story, then explore the Face. Still pictures do not capture the Face of Jesus Christ very well. It is much more apparent in the youtube video just below. Most will see it -- eyes, nose, nostrils, beard and hair in the traditional image of Christ as depicted on the Shroud of Turin and in religious paintings. One can see faces in almost anything, but this has symmetry, does not disappear after a few frames and is, of course, a very special face. Look closely at the fabric of Robert Hutton's tweed suit from 14:00 to 14:25. Once you see the Face you will spot it in other scenes both before and after. The indication of a face could be a coincidence or it could have been woven into the fabric on purpose. You decide. By all means, tell your friends! Spread the mystery. Spread the word. Spread the joy. Foremost, enjoy the film!
And the merriest of all Christmases to every one of you!
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