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It's a Wonderful Life
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 Life was 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
Old classic that we've had on VHS. We've moved into the 21st century.Published 1 hour ago by Thingamabob
I've wanted my own copy of this exceptional classic movie for so very many years. Now I have a it in the original B&W as well as the enhanced color version. Read morePublished 6 hours ago by T M.
This is my favorite movie and now I've finally got my own copy. It always puts me in the Christmas spirit!Published 8 hours ago by Ilene Russell
This DVD is such a classic. How can yo go wrong? I bought one for myself and 4 others for gifts. I'd recommend it.Published 2 days ago by shopper1A
This has got to be the most Wonderful Movie of
All Time. I give this Movie a *5* star rating because
its a very good feeling Movie.
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|Why are most male film actors so short?||
so that they fit into the screen
Dec 18, 2010 by Richard McCaul | See all 3 posts
You're certainly entitled to your preferences but why do we have to "let the past...go?" It's not as though black & white is the equivalent of "broken" or "defective."
Nov 6, 2008 by MacGuffin | See all 296 posts
If it were made out of solid gold - it would be a lot more expensive.
Feb 11, 2013 by Farnsworth M. Dye | See all 2 posts
|Ooops, Clarence!! Possible Timeline Anomalies in 'It's A Wonderful Life'||
There were 1,450 bank failures in 1932. And Medals of Honor take a long time to vet and be awarded; in rare cases they took forty years or more. There is one definite timeline problem: Clarence says Harry Bailey died at the age of nine, even though his tombstone reads 1911-1919. But then,... Read More
Jan 3, 2009 by Doug Molitor | See all 16 posts
|Question about It's a Wonderful Life||
Because people would find that as a sign of weakness, and would not want to use the building & loan anymore. Essentially they would close because of it.
Dec 9, 2008 by D. Thomas | See all 4 posts
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