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it's a wonderful life
(1946)

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richard attenborough
richard burton
john gielgud stewart granger
cary grant
jack hawkins
stanley holloway
trevor howard
james mason
john mills
david niven
laurence olivier
eric portman
dennis price
richard todd
peter ustinov

isabelle adjani
ursula andress
f. barber
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emmanuelle beart
j. bisset
madeleine carroll
julie christie
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valerie hobson
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    directed:
                 Frank Capra, 1946

    produced:
                 Frank Capra

    running time:
                 129 minutes, B&W

    scr:
                 Capra, Francis Goodrich, Albert Hackett

    phot:
                 Joseph Walker, Joseph Biroc

    mus:
                 Dmitri Tiomkin


    main cast:

    • James Stewart
    • Henry Travers
    • Donna Reed
    • Lionel Barrymore
    • Thomas Mitchell
    • Beulah Bondi
    • Gloria Grahame
    • Ward Bond


    oscar nominations:

    • best film
    • best actor (Stewart)
    • best director
    • best sound recording (John Aalberg)
    • best film editing (William Hornbeck)

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    This is a film that people either love or hate. Depending on your point of view it's an unashamed statement to the innate goodness of humanity or alternatively it's sentimental goo.

    Cynics take the latter view and I'm sorry for them. James Stewart is the small-town philanthropist whose loan company has gone bust and who is saved from suicide by an elderly angel (Henry Travers), desperately trying to earn his wings. Stewart wishes he had never been born; Travers shows him what a hellhole his home town would have become without him.

    Capra is splendidly in control of his material throughout. Of course, such a story of supernatural intervention in the affairs of man could easily have tumbled into sentimentality - or worse - but it never does. An occasional, unexpected hard edge - Stewart railing furiously, illogically against his own family, for instance - makes a timely appearance to cut the sweetness.

    Capra's belief in the values of small-town America shines through but he never turns an entirely unblinkered gaze upon them. Greed is the villian of the piece and there's at least a tacit acknowledgement that greed is one of the less desirable by-products of the American Dream, so the warm emotion of the film is tempered by some of the social consciousness that the director brought to Mr Deeds Goes to Town and Mr Smith Goes to Washington. It's a Wonderful Life is certainly simplistic and, if you like, naive, but the doggedly optimistic message of the title is put across by both director and cast with such conviction as to to be irresistible.







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