I remember my mother mentioning to me that one of her favorite Christmas movies was It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947); yet, I somehow never managed to see it until last night. It's hard to believe that there are still movies out there as brilliant as this one that have been overlooked. It's an unpretentious movie about kindness, generosity, and social responsibility (a common theme in many 1930s-40s movies). This small masterpiece turns out to be unforgettable in its depiction of the positive side of human nature. Sure, it's Hollywood cliche and pure treacle, but it tugs at your heart strings in a touching and soft way.
|Bianca and Lars|