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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
This is probably my favorite all-time movie. It has become a Christmas tradition in our family. My girls are now in their young 20s, and I knew they would want to continue the... Read morePublished 20 hours ago by susanv
To have this in color was my goal....however I've never gotten around to watching the colorized version. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Roy
Always wanted this film and now it is part of my Christmas collection.Published 6 days ago by Judith York
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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 301 posts
|Question about It's a Wonderful Life||
It was specified in their business charter. If they closed before 6pm the state could take away their business license. George mentioned that when he was talking to Uncle Billy. Presumably, Potter would make sure their license would be revoked if they closed.
Jan 19, 2010 by MadMikeyD | See all 4 posts
If it were made out of solid gold - it would be a lot more expensive.
Feb 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer | 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
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