The Shop Around The Corner
If Christmas is about anything it’s about corners. Corners are to be found everywhere – at the points where the edges of cuboid-boxes-containing-presents meet, on sharply-cut festive potatoes and (help us out here) cornery-baubles. Which is lucky, as this film features a corner. Or at least a shop in the vicinity of (i.e. around) a corner. Specifically a street corner. Although, come to think of it, we can’t actually remember seeing the corner in the film, but it must have been there otherwise the title wouldn’t have made sense. Um, perhaps we should start again …
The Shop Around The Corner is a delightful film. Really funny. It made us laugh. And it’s set at Christmas, too. Released in 1940, it features screen greats Jimmy Stewart (did anyone say Vertigo?) and Frank Morgan (did anyone say Wizard of Oz?) alongside Margaret Sullavan, who was not too shabby herself, having been nominated for an Academy Award in 1938. The film is a romantic comedy. It’s good. It was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1999, which is before we even first started having a tentative waft of thoughts about screening popcorn-fuelled shifting shapes (i.e. films) in Stirchley. But really, don’t just listen to us, the infallible Internet Movie Database gives it a score of 8.1 out of 10, which means a) we’re not lying and b) if you come and watch it you’ll most likely have a super time.
The screening will take place at 5pm on Sunday 6th December at Stirchley Community Church, Hazelwell Street, B30 2JX. Tickets are £4 adults, £3 concessions, on the door. It’s suitable for families but not a children’s film, as such. We’d love to see you there!