The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas

2 Episodes

See the magic of Christmas Eve through a child’s eyes in these glowingly nostalgic visions of holiday enchantment. On the night before Christmas, toys come to life through the wonders of stop motion in Czech animation wizard Karel Zeman’s delightfully imaginative fantasia A CHRISTMAS DREAM. It’s a captivating prelude to Ingmar Bergman’s sumptuous late-career masterpiece FANNY AND ALEXANDER, a sprawling odyssey that opens with a gorgeous evocation of a lavish Christmas Eve celebration in turn-of-the-century Sweden.

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The Night Before Christmas
  • A Christmas Dream

    Episode 1

    Directed by Karel Zeman • 1945 • Czechoslovakia

    This early short from 1945 showcases the technical skill, wit, and creativity of director Karel Zeman.

  • FANNY AND ALEXANDER: Theatrical Version

    Episode 2

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1982 • Sweden
    Starring Pernilla Allwin, Bertil Guve, Ewa Fröling

    Through the eyes of ten-year-old Alexander, we witness the delights and conflicts of the Ekdahl family, a sprawling bourgeois clan in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Sweden. Ingmar Bergman intended FANNY ...