|A Child's Christmas in Wales|
I watched A Child's Christmas in Wales on television the first Christmas I spent with my husband in 1987, before we were even married. I knew he was the guy for me, because he appreciated the sweetness and beauty of this holiday classic. Not many people even know this DVD exists, which is a shame. Our family had the pleasure of traveling to Wales five years ago (although in the summer) and parts of Wales are still almost as rustic as in this film. In fact, this was filmed on location in Montgomery Wales, which is probably little changed from when Dylan Thomas was a boy in Swansea.
|Old Geraint telling his grandson Thomas about Christmas past...|
|"One Christmas was so much like another, in those years..."|
The Welsh scenery is gorgeous and lets you feel as if you are truly traveling back in time. The film is a combination of present day (well, 28 years ago) and flashbacks to what looks like the time period just before WWI. The children all have authentic Welsh accents, although I believe the adults are all Canadian actors except of course the wonderful Denholm Elliott (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Trading Places, Room with a View) who was English, but does a wonderful Welsh accent.
|"...once I had a little crocheted nose bag from an aunt now, alas, no longer whinnying with us."|
Click for the full text of the Dylan Thomas Poem A Child's Christmas in Wales.