December holiday classic films at the Fairfield Public Library

Watching a classic film on a Sunday afternoon adds a little relaxation and a burst of holiday spirit to the holiday rush. Join Reference Librarian and film buff Philip Bahr as he hosts the showing of two of his favorites, White Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 6 and Christmas in Connecticut on Sunday, Dec.13. Both films will be shown at 2 p.m., in the Rotary Room at the Main Library, 1080 Old Post Road. Registration is requested.

Perennial favorite White Christmas (1954), directed by Michael Curtiz, has been nudging us into the holiday spirit for over six decades. With an outstanding Irving Berlin score, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera Ellen, and a luminous Rosemary Clooney star in this breezy tale of former army pals who make it big in show business. One night they meet a sister act and end up in Vermont together helping their old captain save his inn. You’ll laugh, sing along, and maybe shed a few tears. Bahr will dazzle you with his encyclopedic knowledge of the film and offer his own ideas on what would be the perfect remake while encouraging the reintroduction of the word schmaltz into our vernacular.

Our state has an official holiday film, Christmas in Connecticut (1945)! Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan star in this romantic comedy about mistaken identity. Stanwyck plays a hard-working home and family magazine writer who doesn’t know a thing about domestic life. Her publisher has no idea she’s a fraud and invites a war hero to her non-existent Connecticut home for Christmas dinner. Everyone scrambles to create the perfect facade and hopefully keep their jobs. Meanwhile Stanwyck’s character meets the soldier and falls instantly in love. Only one problem: she’s already got a boyfriend who’s masquerading as her husband. Bahr will introduce the film with a brief overview of Stanwyck’s colossal career, discuss the brilliance of S. Z. Sakall’s Uncle Felix character, and deconstruct what made Dennis Morgan such a dreamboat.

Join us for one or both of these festive favorites.

All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free. To register, or for more information about this and other programs, visit us online at: or call 203-256-3160. Follow the Fairfield Public Library on Twitter: and Facebook:

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