Cinerama: A Christmas Carol

Posted: September 11, 2009 in Cinerama

A Christmas Carol

By Mike Derderian

Christmas has passed leaving us with exactly a week till New Year that will hopefully mark a new beginning and a bright horizon to all of us.

I always walk the streets of Philadelphia, trying to see what is different, unlike Keats’s Grecian urn that bears unchangeable images for our life is not the same.

Through life’s changing course, the smell of the dampened earth that still bears stale puddles of water always invigorates my soul, as it mixes with the fresh breeze entering my lung reminding me that I’m still alive.

During this walk and as people pass by me, I try to see a smiling face among those individuals, whom are either preoccupied with how to provide meat for their families or simply forgot how to smile.

Unlike myself, every now and then an unplanned smile forms on my face during my rides on buses that are filled with bizarre creatures we call humans. It seems that my soul has a mind of its own, a thing that gives me the appearance of a grinning madman.

That feeling went away once I saw a young lady smiling to herself. At that moment a remarkable brightness swept over her face giving it an angelic look.

We sometimes hide our beautiful souls, shutting it away and by doing so our smiles become artificial, however, I wouldn’t blame anyone, who doesn’t smile.

For under the bright façade, not to mention, fancy architecture of some places in Amman lies a bitter reality that won’t go away even by chanting a Christmas Carol.

I’m your Ghost of Christmas past, present and future— a writer who is trying to remind you to cherish whatever bliss you have and that a lot people out there are suffering from poverty, cold, lack of food and love.

Before I start talking about “A Christmas Carol,” the 1951black and white Christmas film directed By Brian Desmond Hurst, written by Charles Dickens, all I can say is don’t be a Scrooge.

It is based on Dickens’s classic short story about an old heartless miser, who doesn’t believe in Christmas, called Scrooge and loves money more than anything else in the world.

Scrooge struggled all his life to become a rich man, however, through his feverish quest for gaining money his soul gradually began to fade away and so did his love for others.

Turning from a young Ebenezer Scrooge, whom we meet through the retrospect journey by the Ghost of Christmas Past in the film, the older Scrooge’s cruel image was finely introduced by a well-known British actor called Alastair Sim.

Sim’s old yet fierce looks with his bold head that had long white hair on the side made him fit right into Scrooge’s persona, which symbolizes man’s loss for his compassionate heart.

Dicken’s genius lies in creating a character named Ebenezer—something that creats mockery by rhyming it with a word like Miser.

Next to Alastair Sim’s brilliant performance, other actors such as Michael Hordern, Michael Dolan and George Cole as Young Ebenezer were fortunate to act in this classic film.

The film makes us realize that life is more than money can buy even though it has become an essential evil and without it life is unfortunately hard on those who do not possess it.

Sometimes life in its own way reminds us of the things we forgot either by a sign or a dream. In scrooge’s case he was reminded by Four ghosts that visited him on Christmas Night, unlike me the Thursday morning ghost.

The Ghosts reminded him of his neglected sister, nephew and the love that he lost for money. In your case and mine it could be different things like our parents, family and most importantly us.

The films plot doesn’t exceed a 24-hour span even though it takes back to the past, present and the future to come of Scrooge and this the beauty and magic of literature back in the past and films nowadays.

The worst that could happen to you during such a trip as the one Scrooge underwent is that you’ll see things that will hopefully lead to the redemption of thy lost Soul, do I sound like a preacher or what?

We first see an orphan Scrooge neglected and not loved during Christmas, which reminds me of a song by Nat King Cole entitled “ the little boy that Santa forgot.”

Other than watching the film you should hear this song to remember that there are a lot of children in Jordan who lack love, care and innocence just like our Scrooge.

Among other things this was one of the reasons that helped in hardening Scrooge’s heart. However, after this dreamy journey that coincided with the holy night, everything will change.

Before I conclude, remember the dreams you had on that very same night for it might bear a key to your beautiful heart just like a Christmas Carol, which is a title of a song that brings hope to one’s soul. Merry Christmas to all and to my two families.

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