Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cinematic Advent Calendar - Day 1

In celebration of the holiday season I'll be presenting 1 holiday movie each day for the next 24 days, counting up to Christmas, as a part of a cinematic advent calendar. Enjoy!


Edward Scissorhands (1990) - Dir. Tim Burton

At first glance one wouldn't associate Christmas with Edward Scissorhands (1990), or at least consider it a "Christmas Movie." However, as your mind runs through the story ultimately you'll come to the third act, which takes place during Christmas time. There are also strong visual and aural themes associated with the holiday present throughout the film. The entire color scheme of the film echoes the festivities involved in the holiday. Edward is represented in black, white and shades of grey, just as dorment, lifeless nature is during winter. By contrast, his environment is bright and vibrant, symbolic of the way people decorate their homes during the holidays. Once he enters this new landscape Edward wastes no time decorating it with garden sculptures, acting as a subtle form of ornamentation to their sterile, cookie-cutter neighborhood. In addition to that, Danny Elfman's score for the film incorporates heavy use of choral vocalization and arrangements. This enhances the whimsical element of the story, which is fully realized in Edward's ultimate gift to the community: snow.


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