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A true American classic.

  • Nov 22, 2001
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Frank Capra's apex of his career never received the recognition it deserved until the late 1970's. Then America started to wake up and thanks to televised viewings, the movie became a hit. This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Jimmy Stewart has one of the most engaging roles of his career as George Bailey, the hometown hero who has big dreams, but gives them up for doing the right thing. Younger children may not be able to appreciate the depth of this film, but when we watched a showing of this film at a local theatre, my younger brother actually enjoyed it. A true American classic that will touch the everyman in us all. What more needs be said?

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Now perhaps the most beloved American film, It's a Wonderful Life was largely forgotten for years, due to a copyright quirk. Only in the late 1970s did it find its audience through repeated TV showings. Frank Capra's masterwork deserves its status as a feel-good communal event, but it is also one of the most fascinating films in the American cinema, a multilayered work of Dickensian density. George Bailey (played superbly by James Stewart) grows up in the small town of Bedford Falls, dreaming dreams of adventure and travel, but circumstances conspire to keep him enslaved to his home turf. Frustrated by his life, and haunted by an impending scandal, George prepares to commit suicide on Christmas Eve. A heavenly messenger (Henry Travers) arrives to show him a vision: what the world would have been like if George had never been born. The sequence is a vivid depiction of the American Dream gone bad, and probably the wildest thing Capra ever shot (the director's optimistic vision may have darkened during his experiences making military films in World War II). Capra's triumph is to acknowledge the difficulties and disappointments of life, while affirming--in the teary-eyed final reel--his cherished values of friendship and individual achievement.It's a Wonderful Lifewas not a big hit on its initial release, and it won no Oscars (Capra and Stewart were nominated); but it continues to weave a special magic.--Robert Horton
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