It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

USA, 1946Liberty Films.  Screenplay by , , Frank Capra, additional scenes by , from a story by .  Cinematography by , , .  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Perennial Christmas classic that director Frank Capra’s name is most often attached to and that really is as good as its reputation would have it. James Stewart is a depressed husband and father on Christmas Eve who, thanks to all his personal and financial problems, wishes the world had been created without him, because he’s pretty sure it would have been better that way. A visiting angel begs to differ, giving him a magical glimpse of the way things would be if he had never come along. The film was dismissed as ‘Capracorn’ upon its release by critics, but later television viewers recognized it for the feel-good classic that it really is. Stewart’s personality fits into Capra’s idealistic world with the comfort of a well-worn glove.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Picture; Best Actor (James Stewart); Best Director (Frank Capra); Best Film Editing; Best Sound Recording

Golden Globe Award:  Best Director (Frank Capra)

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