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The 51st State
Christmas Night
Episode #155

Episode Description
The Christmas episode opens with a montage about the hassle of the holiday season in New York, with musical accompaniment. This is followed by children saying what they want for Christmas. In the studio, Patrick Watson showcases presents for New York City officials and organizations. The Watson gift bit is interspersed between various films: "A Christmas Story," a silent film about poverty, American enterprise, and capitalism; ?The Body Language of Gift Selection,? by Al Levin, about the sociology of buying gifts; an interstitial of a trip to the woods to cut a tree; several sections of interviews on the street about Christmas; and a film about the Christmas Bar at 43rd Street, a bar where it's Christmas 365 days a year.

Subjects
Christmas
Capitalism

Type/Genre
News

Copyright Holder
Educational Broadcasting Corporation

Host(s)
Watson, Patrick

Other Credits
Jansen, Gail (Associate Producer)
Levin, Al (Reporter)

Formats
Digital Beta
DVD
VHS

Reference Number
ARC-FFS-52


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