The only Yuletide favourite to pivot around an attempted suicide, Capra’s post-war fable is a fascinating melange of social and personal impulses and the questionable charms of home. James Stewart is impeccable as George Bailey, the Bedford Falls boy-next-door whose dreams are continually deferred by the demands of family and national upset: rather than exploring and building new worlds, he runs a building society, marries and raises children. Mapping his frustrations and joys onto the contours of recent US history, It’s a Wonderful Life puts individual and group interests in tension. Denied the opportunities for individualist enterprise that are the stock in trade of American cinematic heroism, George is pulled towards communal effort and self-effacement. Yet the film’s bravura fantasy sequence, imagining the hellishly licentious Bedford Falls that would exist without George, makes the grandest possible case for the importance and uniqueness of individual agency—Battleship Potemkin this ain’t. Funny, compelling and moving.
|Release date:||Monday January 7 1946|
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|Screenwriter:||Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Frank Capra|
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To be a Christmas favorite that centers around such a sad topic is a feat amongst itself, but the movie is enthralling and a must watch each holiday season.
An absolute classic.This is one of those movies your parents make you sit down to watch and you groan.“Ugh, black and white, no thanks”But 20 minutes later you are hooked and waving off your parents “I told you sos” because you can’t hear the movie.Who on this earth cannot relate to a man who thinks everything he does makes things worse?We have all felt that way, felt that if we would just get out the way everyone would be much happier.Well this movie shows you that things you don’t even understand are happening all around you and if you are a good person who means well you WILL contribute to the happiness of others and your existence is a positive light in the world.