A ‘Christmas Carol’ for our times

A “Carol for Another Christmas” is worth viewing this holiday season.

Scripted by the brilliant and prescient Rod Serling in 1964, this previously forgotten gem of a film uses the structure of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” to examine issues even more relevant today than in 1964. The film explores the horrors of war for all people of all nations and emphasizes our need to communicate, debate, to talk through differences and find common ground before blood is spilt.

The film is eerily relevant as it portrays a narcissistic “leader” in the character of the “Imperial Me.” Additionally, the character of a boy with a gun who shoots the “the voice of reason” is uncannily pertinent against the backdrop of today’s headlines. The boy is responding to the cult of “Me,” led by the Imperial Me. This mob of “Me’s” mocks the idea of public discourse and openly promotes violence against those who want to talk.

The neglect of our fellow man is reflected in scenes of those fenced out of the “feast” that the wealthy regularly consume. The smallness of our world is examined through the lens of our ever-escalating ability to use the machinery of war anywhere on the globe. The movie shows how the “fences” we create blind us to the suffering of “the other.” It explores the gluttony of the “haves” in stark contrast with those behind the “fences” who have little or nothing. The critical issues examined in this film are worth your time. “Carol for Another Christmas” is available on Prime, HBO Max, and a grainier version is available on YouTube.

Ethel Steinmetz Marmont

Ferndale

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