A BEAR NAMED WINNIE

Based on the true story of a Canadian soldier, enroute to World War I from Winnipeg, who adopts an orphaned bear cub at White River Ontario. It is namned Winnie (for Winnipeg) and eventually ends up at the London Zoo where it became the inspiration for A.A.Milne's Winnie The Pooh stories.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Based on the Charles Dickens tale of an old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by ghosts on Christmas Eve.

Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge learns the error of his ways through the intervention of the ghost of his former partner and of three spirits in this faithful adaptation of the Dickens classic.

The three most beloved versions are the 1938 film starring Reginald Owen, the 1951 version starring Alistair Sim and the 1984 made-for-television movie starring George C. Scott.

           

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES

An orphan girl, sent to an elderly brother and sister by mistake, and charms her new home and community with her firey spirit and imagination.

At the turn of the century on Prince Edward Island, Matthew Cuthbert and his sister Marilla decide to take on an orphan boy as help for their farm. But they get an unexpected jolt when they're mistakenly sent a girl instead: Anne Shirley. Anne's a dreamer with an unusual point of view, far removed from Marilla's pragmatic ways, and it's only on trial that Marilla agrees to keep Anne...if Anne can keep out of trouble, only Anne has a positive genius for it. As Anne falls into a series of scrapes (and off a roof), makes a bosom friend, searches (and finds) several kindred spirits, Matthew and Marilla discover that their lives have become a great deal richer, now that Anne is at Green Gables.

This brilliant cast is headed by Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst and Richard Farnsworth.

BROKEN BLOSSOMS

Broken Blossoms is a 1919 film directed by D. W. Griffith and starring Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess and Donald Crisp. The film paints an intimate portrait of Cheng Huan (Barthelmess), a kind hearted Chinese man, and his love for a poor abused girl named Lucy Burrows (Gish).

Cheng Huan leaves his native China to spread the word of the Buddha in the western world. His optimism fades as he is faced with the brutal reality of London’s gritty inner-city. However, his mission is realized in his devotion to the “broken blossom” Lucy Burrows, the beautiful but unwanted and abused daughter of boxer Battling Burrows.

After being beaten and discarded one evening by her raging father, Lucy finds sanctuary in Cheng’s home, the beautiful and exotic room above his shop. As Cheng nurses Lucy back to health, the two form a romantic bond as two unwanted outcasts of society. All goes astray for the young lovers when Lucy’s father learns of his daughters’ whereabouts and in a drunken rage drags her back to their home to punish her.

By the time Cheng arrives to rescue his beloved, it is too late. Lucy’s lifeless body lies on her modest bed as Battling has a drink in the other room. As Cheng gazes at Lucy’s youthful face which, in spite of the circumstances, beams with innocence and even the slightest hint of a smile, Battling enters the room to make his escape. The two stand for a long while, exchanging spiteful glances, until Battling lunges for Cheng with a hatchet, who returns the sentiment by shooting Burrows repeatedly with his handgun. After returning to his home with Lucy’s body, Cheng builds a shrine to Buddha and takes his own life with a knife.


Regency Victorian & Edwardian Themed Films