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'A Christmas Memory'- a film to remember again

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Before today, a construction crew lifted a Christmas tree for the kids at Akron Children's Hospital. Tom Conti, who had a child suffer from the West Nile virus was in the hospital during Christmas, donated money and time to give those children a little holiday cheer, and for them to forget their suffering for a second. At the end of the day, it is about the simple things.

In 1966, there was a holiday special on television that does not get much airplay today, but it deserves a second look, and a new appreciation. The special was called A Christmas Memory and it was part of a trilogy of adaptions from Truman Capote short stories called Trilogy. The special starred Geraldine Page as Aunt Sookie, or "Sook," and it is based on the true story of Truman Capote's childhood memories.

The author himself narrates the film, which was shot on location, and takes place during the Great Depression, when Truman lived with his aunts in southern Alabama. Buddy, played by Donnie Melvin, is the Capote character. Geraldine Page is his Aunt Sookie, or "Sook" as he calls her, who is his kindred spirit. The film starts with them both drawing on the window, and planning on picking pecans for their holiday pies that they will send out to family, friends, and national dignitaries. On their way, they supposedly trespass on a pecan farm to get their nuts for Sook's fruitcakes. They then count their money to see how much would get them the ingredients they need to make the cakes. They have enough, and they go to the general store, and purchase the ingredients, much to the surprise of the Storekeeper (Win Forman). Since they are making fruitcake, they have to get whiskey. Since it's the Great Depression and Prohibition is still law, they go Haha's, the local speakeasy, where they meet the Native American owner, Mr. Haha (Josip Elic) who gives them the whiskey in exchange for a fruitcake.

To follow more, the film is on youtube in color and black and white, but if you are a fan of Truman Capote, you are in for an endearing treat!


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