Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Clip O' the Day (5 of 5) | JOYEAUX NOEL, Peace, Love and Understanding.

I find the Christmas Truce of 1914 endlessly fascinating, so that's what I'm writing about.  Thankfully, there's a film clip.

If you don't know, during World War I a short-lived and inconsistent peace broke out between German and British troops (the Russians continued to fight because their Christmas wasn't until January 7th, and the French continued to fight because they were occupied).

Those who did participate in the truce sang, drank, and played football; as they did, some reported hearing the sounds of warfare continuing nearby.

Regarding this occurrence, the Wall Street Journal read, "What appears from the winter fog and misery is a Christmas story that is, in truth, the most faded and tattered of adjectives:  inspiring."

It still is.  To me.

Yes, I'm a sap.  Yes, I write not one but two blogs about fluffy things like movies, late night TV shows, cocktails, and my struggles with figuring out how to be cool to people on a consistent basis.  I know it's not fashionable to be this way.  I know people knock a few IQ points off their perceptions of me when I talk or write about certain things.  They think I'm weak-minded.  Soft.  Superficial.

As if being angry and judgmental requires depth and intelligence.

Mostly I don't care.  I see them sizing me down, and I let it roll off my back.  It's taken a lot of work for me to get this close to knowing what's important to me, how I want to be, what I want to value, and I'm not going to let it go based on a look from someone who doesn't know the whole story.

And that's why - for the sake of wrapping up this post - the Christmas Truce of 1914 is so dear to me.  I can't help but feel slightly validated by it.  These men, soldiers fighting against each other in a World War, were so uninterested in killing each other that they put down their weapons, and held a sort of outdoor salon on the frozen No Man's Land.

And there it is!  Post 5 of 5 for the day, leading to a total of 19 posts between the Portland Snowtastrophe of December 7th and December 25th.

Suck it, Christmas!!

Done & done.

Released: 2005
Writer:  Christian Carion
Director: Christian Carion
Producer: Christophe Rossignon, Benjamin Herrmann
Leads: Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Daniel Brühl, Diane Kruger
Genre: War, Drama, Holiday