My favorite Christmas movie is the 1970 musical “Scrooge,” starring Albert Finney. At the outset, Ebenezer Scrooge is a perfectly dreadful fellow, whose twisted scowl accurately defines his dour character. In the end, however, he’s singing, dancing, and dressed like Father Christmas. His personal journey is what holds the most fascination for me because it’s about choices.
Visited by three ghosts in one night, Scrooge is first reminded of a painful childhood by the Ghost of Christmas Past. We discover his father was cruel and cold, but that Ebenezer had a loving sister. Next we see Ebenezer as a young man in the employ of the ebullient Mr. Fezziwig. Even at the Christmas ball, Ebenezer watches the merriment from the sidelines, unable or unwilling to fit in. One wonders what Fezziwig’s beautiful daughter Isabel sees in Ebenezer—but she’s so lovely you know there must be some good in the man. As the story unfolds, Ebenezer squanders a chance at happiness by choosing business over love. This marks the proverbial fork in the road that sends Ebenezer down the path to misery.
The Ghost of Christmas Present is a jolly visitation, and a welcome respite from the poignant sadness of what has gone before. With this likable spirit, Ebenezer Scrooge has his first taste of the milk of human kindness…and he discovers the elixir to be delicious and intoxicating. As delightful as the Ghost of Christmas Present is, however, he too has a few harsh realities to show Scrooge—namely the happy household of his long-suffering employee, Bob Cratchit. Scrooge is confounded by the impoverished Cratchit family’s ability to celebrate Christmas. He does not yet understand that happiness and love is a choice available to one and all despite their financial circumstances.
The final visitation of the night is the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Dressed like the Grim Reaper, this particular spirit ought to be the most terrifying to Ebenezer Scrooge. Oddly enough, the miser almost welcomes this ghost. In one of the most cheerful numbers in the movie, Scrooge’s debtors dance and sing at the news of his passing. Even Scrooge himself gets caught up in the hoopla as he looks on, unaware that the jubilation stems not from his deeds but from his death. Scrooge is then shown the future waiting for him in the afterlife, a cold office in Hell as Lucifer’s clerk. Here, his options are laid bare—repent or suffer eternal damnation.
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