As the US prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, LIH staff would like to share our favorite Thanksgiving film and television shows. Enjoy!
“Downton Abbey” a Thanksgiving Tribute- By Comic Relief
No, England of the 20th century doesn’t celebrate America’s Thanksgiving holiday. And no, some of the things said by the family (of the show) are not very complimentary; but God is this show a treasure. Of course I’m not the only fan of this show on these shores; many American’s can look beyond the venal, pretentious, and frequently horrifically entitled behavior of this family and genuinely see something we entirely lack in contemporary life. A golden sense of reserve; for anyone who may be turned off a reality show to read this paragraph; if you have been living under a rock, let me tell you more about what may be an unusual period confection.
A production of WGBH Educational Foundation, PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre, and the UK’s leading independent drama producer Carnival, “Downton Abbey”follows the Crawley family while they adjust to the changing times of Edwardian England of the early twentieth century. Among the many things this aristocratic family must adjust to — are but a few. We watch the family’s diminishing and changing wealth in response to bad investments. The toll World War 1 takes on England. It’s hard not to gawk at socially controversial sociological choices chosen by family. After our recent recession, one might be shocked by their uncanny responses to a world that a family reared in and around this “castle” would appear to be oblivious to. All historical aspects of the drama are not entirely accurate , yet most situations still manage to stimulate intrigue about changes in the British culture of that time and how that might influence this culture today.
The Addams Family Values– By Ozzie
Obviously most of the world doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving, however a number of religions have harvest festivals where thanks is given for that year’s harvest. Usually this involves ceremonies, decorations, prayers and celebratory feasts. So while we are familiar with some of the Thanksgiving traditions, we tend not to know much about the First Thanksgiving. Normally it is briefly taught in schools. This was the case for me anyway but I remember it in dull colors (school was a boring place!). But one movie came along and brought it to life! The Addams Family Values is not the first movie that brings to mind Thanksgiving but it does feature the holiday briefly in it. It amounts to about 7 minutes in total but the way it was presented was memorable! It features Wednesday and Pugsley taking part in their summer camp’s play of the First Thanksgiving, which they end up taking over, causing mayhem! Although it is not historically accurate, it did make what I had learnt more memorable. The story was no longer grey but very colorful and vivid. While it’s not an obvious choice for a Thanksgiving movie and maybe passed over for something better suited, it can be very helpful to those who aren’t American. As someone who has a terrible memory, it has helped me to remember a class that was mundane and for that reason, I am very thankful for The Addams Family Values! Plus it’s the perfect movie for the whole family to relax too.
JOYEUX NOEL- By Open Book
Based on a true story this film speaks to universal human emotions that transcend country and culture. It has a touching dose of Christmas cheer that puts humanity on display.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving– By Parisienne
My favorite Thanksgiving film is actually a cartoon. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. It reminds me of my childhood and being with my family.