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The Christmas Tree (1969)
"L'arbre de Noël" (original title)

G  |   |  Drama  |  25 September 1969 (USA)
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Since the death of his mother, Pascal, ten years old, spends his holidays with his father, the rich Laurent Segur. One day, when diving near the shores of Corse, an aircraft falls into the ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Laurent Ségur
Catherine Graziani
Madeleine Damien ...
Mario Feliciani ...
Le docteur
Friedrich von Ledebur ...
Vernet (as Friedrich Ledebur)
Georges Douking ...
L'animalier (as Douking)
Michel Thomass ...
L'ami corse
Jean-Pierre Castaldi ...
Le motard de la gendarmerie
Yves Barsacq ...
Charlie le breton - le pompiste
France Daunic ...
La monitrice
Brook Fuller ...
Pascal Ségur


Since the death of his mother, Pascal, ten years old, spends his holidays with his father, the rich Laurent Segur. One day, when diving near the shores of Corse, an aircraft falls into the sea. The holiday goes on happily with Catherine, the young and pretty girlfriend of Laurent. But soon blue marks appear on the face of Pascal. He has been contaminated by a nuclear weapon carried by the destroyed plane, and he won't survive more than six months. There is nothing Laurent can do, except give his son the best six months he has ever lived. Written by Christophe Tronche <>

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When Wolves Cry  »

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14 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's not at all worth it. Bataille's novel, which I eagerly devoured after seeing "The Christmas Tree" the first time on CBS' The Late Show in December, 1975, is an OK read, but not too much better--or more interesting--than Terence Young's maudlin filming, in which there is little, if any, emotional involvement. William Holden, as the multi-millionaire dad, looks completely embarrassed. He has "I just wanted to work with Terry because he did such a good job on the Bond flicks and 'Wait Until Dark' written all over his fake expressions of concern. The best thing about TCT without question is Brook Fuller. Contrary to previous opinions, IMO he was a very talented young man - if you check him out on IMDb, you'll note his career was cut short early on; recovering from this dirge must have been difficult for him. But he gets the best line - "Live happy - Every day a holiday!" (That's certainly advice we can all use, but that's as good as it gets; meanwhile Mario Feliciani, as "Le Docteur," casually, nonchalantly reminds us that we're all mortals. Ho hum......) The alarm about nuclear accidents is hammered home repeatedly. From the beginning of the film, we spend the whole time waiting for poor Pascal to expire. When he does, it's more than just an anticlimax; it's hollow and catatonia-inducing. He has made a plaque for Daddy wishing him "Good Luck" - to me, it was "Good luck trying to get this sticky, pointless drivel out of your mind." Final note: Georges Auric wrote some of the incidental music, but the pseudo-sad guitar that weaves its way in and out of the soundtrack is clearly lifted from Les Jeux Interdits by Rene Clement - a much, much better example of how to get viewers to cry.

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