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Finding the North Pole in Film

Posted December 09, 2009 to photo album "Finding the North Pole in Film"

A FilmInFocus slideshow looks at the many North Poles of film.

Slide 1: Introduction
Slide 2: The Night Before Christmas  (1905)
Slide 3: Conquest of the North Pole (1912)
Slide 4: Felix Hits the North (1921)
Slide 5: The Amundsen Polar Flight (1925)
Slide 6: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)
Slide 7: The Christmas That Almost Wasn't (1966)
Slide 8: Ice Station Zebra (1968)
Slide 9: Superman II (1980)
Slide 10: Elf (2003)
Slide 11: Deep Shock (2003)
Slide 12: Polar Express (2004)
Slide 13: The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
Slide 14: The Golden Compass (2007)
Slide 15: Death in Santaland (2007)
Slide 16: A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008)
Slide 6: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)

Slide 6: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)

The powerful mix of sci-fi and Christmas cheer has landed this holiday treasure on the worst film list year after year. So bad, you don’t know if it's naughty or nice. Martians, eager to show their own children fun, kidnap Santa Claus from the North Pole, along with a pair of children, and bring them all to Mars. Only evil Martians have other, sinister plans for the red-suited dude. All this, and, as John Waters reminds viewers, the debut of Pia Zadora.