This week in the Best of Film Noir we’re celebrating Christmas! Did you know there is actually a film noir called Christmas Holiday, that starred Deanna Durbin and Gene Kelly? I decided not to do a post on this movie because it’s not really considered a best of, but I thought it would be fun to do something on Christmas. Read on…
The Best of Film Noir – The Noir Hero
Our noir hero of Christmas is a gentleman known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, or Santa. Santa breaks the mold of the typical noir hero, as Santa is not doomed to a dark end, nor is he criminal, violent, brooding or hard-boiled. However, Santa does have a sense of injustice in that he wants to make sure that all the kids around the world get gifts if they are good, or coal if they are bad. He’s a nice noir hero :).
The Best of Film Noir – The Femme Fatale
Mrs. Claus is a femme fatale, a beauty who was able to capture the heart of Santa. Her first name is a mystery, although she has been referred to as Mary, Annette, Layla, or Jessica. Like Santa, Mrs. Claus is really an anti-femme fatale, as she doesn’t fit the mold. She’s not gorgeous (that we know of), untrustworthy, duplicitous and so on, but she is mysterious. Also, the femme fatale usually tries to bring the noir hero down, but Mrs. Claus has always been supportive of Santa.
The Best of Film Noir – The Story
We all know the story of Santa, some version or another. We can trace back the various traditions of the man and his story. As authors, we aspire to have our stories talked about years after we write them. I hope that as the year winds down, you find that kind of success!
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and I hope you find peace and joy during the holidays!