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White Christmas

Presented by the Academy’s Science and Technology Council


With an examination of VistaVision, the widescreen film format used to create this holiday classic


Hosted by Academy member Rob Hummel


With special guest, Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor Craig Barron

Academy member Rob Hummel hosted a special screening of this classic Technicolor musical starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. Directed by Michael Curtiz with songs by Irving Berlin, WHITE CHRISTMAS was the first film to be filmed and released in VistaVision. The program included a pre-screening discussion examining the impact of VistaVision on motion pictures in the 1950s, and the 90+ films photographed in that format. VistaVision enjoyed a revival in visual effects starting with 1977’s STAR WARS and continues to be employed for visual effects work to this day.

WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of song-and-dance team Bob Wallace and Phil Davis (Crosby and Kaye), two World War II veterans who team up with sister act Betty and Judy (Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to put on a show to benefit a struggling Vermont inn run by Bob and Phil’s former commanding general.

Academy Award nominee: Music (Song) – “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” music and lyrics by Irving Berlin

Event Information

December 9, 2012
Smith Rafael Film Center
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