The Christmas Tree (1969 film)

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The Christmas Tree
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Directed by Terence Young
Written by Michel Bataille
Starring William Holden
Music by Georges Auric
Cinematography Henri Alekan
Edited by Monique Bonnot

L'Arbre de Noël (internationally released as The Christmas Tree) is a 1969 French drama film directed by Terence Young.[1] It was defined as "the most tearful film of sixties".[2] The film was co-produced by Italy where it was released as L'albero di Natale.


The story follows a Frenchman named Laurent and his son Pascal, who live somewhere in France. Along the way, the widower Laurent meets and falls for the beautiful Catherine, but also learns that his son is dying after witnessing the explosion of a plane with a nuclear device inside. Finding this out, Laurent and Pascal have a string of adventures with Catherine along.



  1. ^ Mario Gerosa. Il cinema di Terence Young. Il foglio, 2009. 
  2. ^ Laura, Luisa and Morando Morandini, Il Morandini: dizionario dei film 2001, Zanichelli, Bologna, 2000, p. 34. ISBN 88-08-03105-5.

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