Monday, December 12, 2011
Satan ... Santa ... oh, whatever
Another repurposed post. Woo-hoo!
This excerpt from a 1959 Mexican documentary reveals that Satan and his imps really know how to cut a rug:
It may be true, as the saying goes, that the devil has all the best tunes. Now we know that he's also a Bob Fosse wannabe. (Jazz hands!)
There's a Mystery Science Theater 3000 version--part 1 is here--that's much more bearable than the original version.
TCM ran the un-MST3K'd version last year, and, let me tell you, it is virtually impossible to get through with sanity (and wakefulness) intact. There's a scene early on in which the children of the world greet Santa in sort of pageant of ethnic and racist cliches (here's the first 10 minutes of the original Spanish-language "Santa Claus"--check out the African children's presentation about 3 minutes in), and it's just endless. Truly, it hurts.
And, yes, I saw this at a matinee when I was small. The mouth on Santa's Magic Teletalker--2 minutes and 15 seconds into this English-dubbed clip--was nightmare fuel: