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19 December 2015

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 116th in our series of Saturday matinees today: Oxford Christmas for Nursing Home Residents.

Spend just five minutes at this Oxford, Miss. nursing home's Christmas party and all your troubles will be miles away. Local wedding photographer Pablo Corona produced the piece just this week.

It's a slide show, no clips, accompanied by a couple of modern Christmas songs. Cross dissolves softly take you from one image to another with a little zooming but no panning. The soft of stuff Fotomagico makes easy. We just happen to know.

It was the annual Christmas party for the residents, according to the calendar, right after lunch. There was even a little live entertainment featuring local celebrity Kay Bain singing a few classics with some audience participation.

Not all the residents made it around the tree, but if the mountain couldn't come to Santa, Santa went to the mountain. Everybody got to share in the smiles.

Ah, smiles.

It's something every portrait photographer knows. And it's no secret. Whether you say "cheese" or, as Peter Inova suggested once upon a time, "nice," a smile radiates the soul. That's when you snap the shutter.

Because every soul is beautiful. And with a smile, perfectly exposed.

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