Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Despite being not quite fifty years old at the time, Richardson gets all this across with total credibility. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your email. This is a real Christmas about real people. What will happen when the ruse is discovered? TCM Imports in March. The sisters’ relationship is reflected in their aunts, one of whom is childlike, the other so curmudgeonly that she’s sometimes hard to take seriously.

I recommend the movie which opens up the plot and setting a bit in the beginning but which is otherwise a faithful rendition of the play. The characters are built with that terrific assurance of some mid-century writers C. Robert Flemyng as Major. The eight-strong cast all work hard, each of them delivering performances to be proud of – although, I have to admit that Joanna Wake and Sally Sanders almost stole the show, in my opinion, with their wonderful partnership, pinpoint precision in comedic timing, and facial expressions. However, even in the modern era, makeup departments can still find it difficult to age people so that we see absolutely nothing distractingly fake. Nonetheless, while the child was alive she could not face the possibility of forced adoption, which she clearly infers would have been insisted on by her two aunts wonderfully contrasting figures played by Margaret Halstan and Maureen Delany as well as by her father and big sister, Jenny Celia Johnson. More than many films, The Holly and the Ivy captures the unique experience of adult siblings–who grew up together and shared strong bonds in childhood–now unsure of what is really happening in each other’s lives and struggling to reconnect during the one time of year, Christmas, when they are thrown together again. Retired actor Jack Holt is raising Christmas trees for sale at a cost which permits every family to have one.


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Holly and the Ivy by Wynyard Browne

Of course, the issue of actually wanting a family remains, as well as the physical ability to have one. Please check your inbox for the verification email.

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Theatre review: The Holly and the Ivy at Civic Theatre, Darlington, and touring

You will receive an email shortly to confirm your email address. It’s a relatively pleasant Christmas play. Richard Wyndham Margaret Halstan Just a moment while we sign you in ify your Goodreads account. It is traditional for the widespread Gregory family to return te for Christmas at the parsonage in the remote village of Wyndenham in Norfolk.

According to the November Moviemail Catalogue”Russian screen writer Anatole de Grunwald imbues this poignant adaptation of Wynward Browne’s West End stage hit with Chekhov ‘s spirit and relocates the Russian’s genius for deftly drawn characters to a rambling Norfolk parsonage on Christmas Eve.

Maureen Delaney and Margaret Halstan reprised their stage roles for this movie. Also, there are still problems for unmarried couples who seek to adopt. Audible Download Audio Books. Goofs When Aunt Bridget hands her landlady a photograph of her nephew Michael Denholm Elliott from the sideboard, it’s a different one.

Some of this could be chalked down to the period in which the film was made; people were not as open in expressing their feelings, possibly due to fear of being disciplined or a greater emphasis on paternal authority and respect.


A great little country church standing up there in the middle of the town. Sign Out My Profile. The Holly and the Ivy is also intelligent in examining the meaning of Christmas.

The film also shows the failure of communication that religion can cause, albeit inadvertently. The Holly and the Ivy. Man With a Plan. Once we get to the house, and have adjusted to the vagaries of the characters, the film slowly but surely gets into gear and reveals more of its true nature. Hhe Holly and the Ivy This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

The Holly and the Ivy

As she explains to her indecisive but sympathetic brother, on-leave serviceman Michael Denholm Elliott after a few years as an unmarried mother, her American lover having died in the war, she also lost the child — to meningitis.

The Holly and the Ivy is a very underrated Christmas film which definitely deserves a wider audience. Her role in The Holly and the Ivyin fact, isn’t that different from her character in Brief Encounter ; in both, she is in some way bound to one man but drawn to another. Books uvy Wynyard Browne. And who in turn rules her life?

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