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Holiday Movie Advent Day 23: A Christmas in New York

It would be interesting for someone to dissect every scene: the themes, struggles in the relationships, and color represented.

In the spirit of the holiday season, Pittsburgh City Paper presents a holiday movie advent calendar. One holiday movie review, every day 'til Christmas (probably).

If you’re a fan of analyzing movies, or someone studying film, A Christmas in New York is the perfect holiday movie to dissect.

The 2016 romance follows six diverse couples staying in a New York City hotel a week before Christmas. There's an elderly couple, a queer couple, a couple that are “just friends,” you get the gist. It focuses on the ups and downs of their relationships with each other.


Be forewarned: this movie is heavy with dialogue, and very little action. A majority of the scenes take place in their hotel rooms and just feature the characters conversing. The point is to be drawn into their lives and the complications with their connections, with little distractions.

To further enhance the focus on the characters, there is very little decor in the scenery. But because the setup is so simple, it appeared that the director paid attention to the minute details. He was very intentional with intricate camera angles and carefully planned pops of color.

In fact, color is a major part of the movie. In the beginning, the characters wear one color that matches the room: blue outfits, blue decor, red outfits, red decor. It causes them to almost blend in with their surroundings, but also showcases what the relationship between the couple is lacking. As the movie unfolds and the characters become complex and dynamic, the colors they wear, and the colors shown in the room follow suit. As the movie ends, the rooms and outfits are no longer monochrome, vibrant with color and life.

It would be interesting for someone to dissect every scene: the themes, struggles in the relationships, and color represented. 

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