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Dame Edna’s Christmas

21 Feb

Dame Edna’s Christmas – Filmed Stage/TV comedy. The Great Lady Of Australia levels her variety show at the holidays. 110 minutes color 1987

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Our always gracious Dowager of Devastation cascades her condescension from Australian Heights (which are perhaps not very high) onto the masochistic pates of us lesser beings, and we, her subjects laugh in the aisles with gratitude. Fast on the draw, she makes mincemeat of one and all for Christmas, in a combination of egregious sentimentality (Possums, gladioli!) and facial expressions that would make the Boulder Dam giggle. She ranks with Milton Berle as one of the greatest cross-dressers in show business history. The writhings of her upper lip alone will reduce one to the carpet. If you think this is supposed to have anything to do with Christmas, spare yourselves the delusion. On the one hand she spurns bathroom humor with prissy disgust and on the other commits every double-entendre she can locate. Her essential send-up is Celebrity. What we offer to it, what it is reduced to, the lies that lie behind it, and the tripe it really is. God bless Dame Edna on this and all subsequent Christmases from today until the end of Auntie Domine!  To all, a good night.


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