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The Greatest Gift (1942)

Passed | | Short, Drama | 5 September 1942 (USA)
Medieval French legend tells of monks who devote the cold nights of winter to making gifts they offer to Our Lady when spring comes. On the night snowfall blocks the pass to Italy, the ... See full summary »

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Medieval French legend tells of monks who devote the cold nights of winter to making gifts they offer to Our Lady when spring comes. On the night snowfall blocks the pass to Italy, the monks find a nearly frozen juggler, Bartholomew, and take him in. Fr. Cyprian invites him to stay for the winter. He proves inept at most tasks, is embarrassed by their hospitality, and is too poor to pay. Plus, his vagabond life draws the suspicion of young Fr. Fabian. When spring arrives, Bartholomew is anxious to leave, but Fr. Cyprian asks him to stay while they offer their gifts to Our Lady. The juggler has nothing to give. Should he just slip away? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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MGM Miniatures (1941-1942) (#6): The Greatest Gift  »

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Nice Endling But Bland Otherwise
27 April 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Greatest Gift, The (1942)

** (out of 4)

Decent short tells the French legend of a group of Monks who spend all winter making various gifts for the our Lady. In the middle they take in a poor juggler who is nearly frozen and what he has to offer might be more than anything the Monks have made. I'm not sure how true or false this legend is but this short really isn't all that special. The ending when we learn what the juggler does and what happened because of it was pretty well done but everything else is rather bland. There's no question that the first eight minutes are just the build up for the end but it doesn't work because you're bored out of your mind by the time that ending does come around. The film would have been a lot better had we actually cared for the characters leading up to the end but this doesn't happen.


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