Christopher Lee Reads Tim Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas” and Poe’s “The Raven”

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Christopher Lee with book in hand for the 2014 program “How to Be Sherlock Holmes: The Many Faces of a Master Detective”, from the BBC documentary series “Timeshift.”

It is neither Halloween nor Christmastime, but the death of Christopher Lee makes this video for a normally seasonal poem more relevant than ever. Lee was an actor whose look and talent defined an era of horror film. Yet his later work was integral to modern fantasy epics as well, with his performances as Saruman in four movies adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien works, and as Count Dooku in Episodes II and III of the Star Wars saga.

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Christopher Lee did not take part in the Nightmare Before Christmas animated feature, but this video clip (included on the 2008 DVD/Blu-Ray special edition) suggests he should have. The text is the poem written by director Tim Burton in 1982, a decade before the film was actually made:

And here’s Lee reading Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”:

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