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  • No, No, No: Its A Wonderful Life Isnt Socialist, Okay?

    12/29/2018 7:33:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/29/2018 | David Breitenbeck
    In the Boston Herald, Michael Graham argues both that 'It's a Wonderful Life' is a bad film on a technical level and that its message is bad. There seems to be a blooming holiday tradition in certain circles to attack “It’s a Wonderful Life.” This year we have Michael Graham in the Boston Herald taking up the ill-considered assault on Frank Capra’s masterpiece.Graham argues both that “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a bad film on a technical level and that its message is bad. His reason for saying it’s a bad film hinges on a claim that the plot makes...
  • Why Henry Potter Is the Undeniable Hero of 'It's a Wonderful Life'

    12/14/2018 7:46:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    RCM ^ | 12/14/2018 | By Daniel Savickas
    Christmas is right around the corner. During all the festivities and family gatherings, your grandmother, or some other relative, will inevitably try to cajole the whole family into an obligatory viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life. While the inspirational theme of one man being able to make a difference is touching, try not to take all of this film’s messages directly to heart, lest you desire reduced opportunity amid slower economic growth.The film follows its supposed protagonist, George Bailey, from his young days of saving his little brother from drowning in a lake and stopping his boss from accidentally poisoning...
  • If you're losing faith in DC...Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is on TCM at 8pm est

    02/16/2018 3:52:25 PM PST · by Vision · 37 replies
    Jimmy "All American Hero" Stewart was being slandered and fighting corruption to exhaustion back then. At that time, in reality, the US Senate tried to stop the movie from being released. We the People!
  • 40 Facts About It's A Wonderful Life

    12/15/2017 10:00:51 AM PST · by ealgeone · 39 replies ^ | 12/7/2017 | John Birmingham
    For fans of the iconic movie you will enjoy the slideshow.
  • Most Inspirational American Film Ever Made? Its a Christmas Classic

    12/25/2016 7:29:03 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 21 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 25, 2016 | JP
    When Philip Van Doren Stern passed away in 1984, his New York Times obituary eulogized him as a historian, novelist and editor who was widely respected by scholars for his authoritative books on the Civil War era. But while Stern authored a number of historical titles including They Were There: The Civil War in Action as Seen by Its Combat Artists, Secret Missions of the Civil War, and An End to Valor: The Last Days of the Civil War his most notable work was a short story that had nothing whatsoever to do with the Civil War. It...
  • Catholics Agree: Its a Wonderful Life

    12/20/2016 2:54:18 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | December 20, 2016 | JOHN M. GRONDELSKI
    This year marks the 70th anniversary of Frank Capras beloved Christmas movie, Its a Wonderful Life. It debuted December 20, 1946, just a year after World War II ended. (Remember, the film begins and ends with the expected return of war hero Harry Bailey.)The film offers several Catholic perspectives. How many movies today would begin with eight people praying? But, in a world afflicted by the culture of death, I want to salute the pro-life focus of this film.In response to those eight prayers heard in heaven, God summons the angelshis messengersto help. At exactly ten forty-five p.m. earth...
  • ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is atheist, Communist propaganda

    12/27/2015 7:25:08 PM PST · by presidio9 · 215 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 24, 2015 | Kyle Smith
    The Christmas Eve showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” may be intended to make you believe in the importance of even an ordinary person’s life, but underneath that, what are the film’s secret hidden messages, the ones that become apparent only after two or three eggnogs? Let’s mull over some of the wackier possibilities. It’s a salute to atheism. It’s “the least religious but most humanist film you could ever see,” said David Wilson in The Guardian, because it suggests people should fix their problems on Earth rather than waiting for God to help out. Regarding Jimmy Stewart’s character George...
  • Video: The new, more honest It's a Wonderful Life trailer

    12/27/2015 3:53:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Hot ^ | December 27, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    It’s a Christmas classic, perhaps the original Christmas classic — but its original gave few hints about the nature of It’s A Wonderful Life. Those who watched this giant of American cinema over the past week will recognize the scenes in its original theatrical trailer, but not the movie the subtitles and narrator promise: It's A Wonderful Life - Trailer Zena Gray at The Cinefamily agrees. Two years ago, she cut a new trailer for the film, although it didn’t get much attention until Slate picked up on it this week: After all, on his way to the film's happy...
  • Its a Wonder-filled Life: A Meditation on the Mystery and Unlikely Chances of Our Very Existence

    12/02/2014 7:20:55 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-01-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Its a Wonder-filled Life: A Meditation on the Mystery and Unlikely Chances of Our Very Existence By: Msgr. Charles PopeMost of you have seen the movie, Its a Wonderful Life, which airs so frequently at this time of year. More on that in a moment. But for now, the word wonderful is most commonly understood to mean really great. But the word wonderful actually means filled with wonder.Whoamong us can understand the incredible mystery of his own life? And not merely considered in itself, but also how it interacts with the lives of others and the events of this...
  • It's A Wonderful Life

    12/20/2013 6:56:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies ^ | December 19, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    To many Americans, the season wouldn't be complete without at least a few scenes from "It's a Wonderful Life." The movie wasn't a box-office hit when it was released in the 1940s, but it's become a seasonal favorite since -- and even acquired some critical acclaim along the way. Years ago I read a brief analysis of "It's a Wonderful Life" by a professor of American studies at Boston University. I should have known better. Any academic field with the word "studies" in its name is suspect from the start -- as opposed to a traditional discipline like history...
  • Did Mr Potter get away with the money? [Wonderful Life] - Vanity

    12/23/2011 2:21:48 PM PST · by SES1066 · 25 replies
    This wonderful Christmas perennial is very unusual for films in that Hays Code Era, a villain gets away with the crime. Does that affect your feelings about this movie? For me, when I saw this movie in my youth, it did catch my thought and I remember asking my parents why. Now as a seasoned adult, I think that I appreciate a movie that does not wrap up all of the threads into a neat package.
  • Its a Wonderful Copyright Mess

    12/24/2009 8:22:18 AM PST · by AJKauf · 59 replies · 1,641+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Dec.. 24 | Adam Graham
    the case of Its a Wonderful Life. When the film was released in 1946, it was given a 28-year copyright term which was eligible for a 28-year renewal. For whatever reason, a request wasnt put in for renewal, and it was believed to have fallen into the public domain in 1975. Had it not connected with the American people on its rediscovery, it would have become a resident of dollar DVD bins, like other public domain mainstays such as the Fleischer Superman cartoons or Bill Cosbys TV movie Tell All My Friends on the Shore. However, the movie studio smelled...
  • Wonderful? Sorry, George, Its a Pitiful, Dreadful Life

    12/22/2008 4:47:10 AM PST · by 7thson · 90 replies · 1,773+ views
    The New York Slimes ^ | December 18, 2008 | WENDELL JAMIESON
    Lots of people love this movie of course. But Im convinced its for the wrong reasons. Because to me Its a Wonderful Life is anything but a cheery holiday tale. Sitting in that dark public high school classroom, I shuddered as the projector whirred and George Baileys life unspooled.
  • NY Times, The Grinch That Trashed a Christmas Classic

    12/19/2008 1:42:56 PM PST · by AIM Freeper · 60 replies · 2,154+ views
    Boycott The New York Times ^ | December 19, 2008 | Don Feder
    The headline on a critique in todays New York Times says it all: Wonderful? Sorry, George, Its a Pitiful, Dreadful Life. Nothing more clearly illustrates the papers hatred of normalcy than its revisionist perspective on Its A Wonderful Life. The moral of the 1946 Capra classic life has meaning. Even if we dont achieve our dreams, even if our existence is seemingly hum-drum, those who lead good lives will never know how much good theyve done. George Bailey does, by glimpsing what his world would look like if hed never been born. He discovers (to paraphrase the film) that...
  • Robert J. Anderson, 75; child actor was young George Bailey in 'It's a Wonderful Life'

    06/11/2008 11:32:08 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 8 replies · 593+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 8, 2008 | Claire Noland
    Robert J. Anderson, a former child actor best known for playing the young George Bailey in the 1946 Christmas film classic "It's a Wonderful Life," has died. He was 75. Anderson was 12 when director Frank Capra cast him as Jimmy Stewart's youthful counterpart in the heartwarming tale set in Bedford Falls. As the adult George Bailey contemplates suicide, his life is told in flashback so his guardian angel Clarence can get to know him. Young George rescues his brother from drowning, dreams about being an explorer and saves the town pharmacist, Mr. Gower, from accidentally poisoning a customer. The...
  • At 66, 'Zuzu' Thinks Life Is Wonderful

    12/23/2006 4:22:35 AM PST · by Hadean · 19 replies · 1,130+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12/23/2006 | MICHAEL HILL
    SENECA FALLS, N.Y. - Zuzu has a cold again. She sniffles and sucks on a cold pill as she signs autographs for fans lined up to the door in a coffee shop. Karolyn Grimes jokes that she left her coat open, like her character Zuzu Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life." A more likely culprit is the holiday crunch of appearances by the former child actress _ from a Victorian festival in Puyallup, Wash., to the Colorado Country Christmas Show and now to Seneca Falls, which claims to be the inspiration for director Frank Capra's mythical Bedford Falls. Around...
  • Medved: Why the world hates America

    08/23/2006 6:52:08 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 90 replies · 2,502+ views
    Townhall ^ | 08/23/06
    The disease of America Hatred now has reached pandemic proportions in many corners of the globe, spreading far beyond the predictably hopeless fever swamps of Islamic militants, French intellectuals, or Latin American demagogues. In fact, many citizens within the USA itself energetically embrace the basic assumptions of America Hatred, perceiving their country as an unequivocally negative force on the world scene. John Tirman, director of MITs prestigious Center for International Studies, recently wrote a book called 100 Ways America is Screwing Up the World. When questioned on my radio show, he refused to dismiss the notion that humanity might have...
  • Liberals using It's A Wonderful Life to bash Republicans!!! Potter was a Republican???

    12/24/2004 11:25:07 AM PST · by Minus_The_Bear · 30 replies · 597+ views
    Mr. Potter is WinningAll hail Pottersville! Above are two different articles that use the Jimmy Stewart/Donna Reed Holiday classic Its a Wonderful Life as a basis for attacking Republicans. This is a widespread meme, I've seen it in other places but couldn't find them online. Basically these articles suggest that mean old Mr. Potter was obviously a Republican because he worked to keep the people of Beford Falls poor and without the things they wanted. He was always out for himself and profits and paid no mind to the concerns of the little people. Personally I think it's disgusting that...
  • Woman attempts suicide, is saved and 3 months later rescues man from same river.

    11/27/2004 5:38:23 PM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 43 replies · 1,575+ views
    WIS TV 10, Columbia, South Carolina ^ | Nov. 25, 2004 | Chantelle Janelle
    Greenville) Nov. 25, 2004 - A man's pickup truck crashed into the Saluda River, and a woman jumped into the cold water, below which the vehicle was barely visible, to pull him to safety, "It was cold. I didn't think it was gonna be that cold, but it was cold.". Donnitta Burns shrugs off her life-saving exploits, "I just jumped in the river, pulled the man out of the truck, did CPR, and they pulled us out. Yeah, that was it." "He came right down through here and right straight down into the river." Joan Chastain, who witnessed the rescue,...
  • The Richest Man in Town

    12/23/2002 9:34:53 AM PST · by Gophack · 18 replies · 268+ views
    California Political Review ^ | December 23, 2002 | William E. Saracino
    The Richest Man in Town The small, every-day things make a Wonderful Life. William E. Saracino William E. Saracino is a member of California Political Reviews editorial board. This being my last column before Christmas, I invoke a point of personal privilege, opting out of my usual political ponderings to offer thoughts more apropos of the season. You dont have to know me very well to discover that I think Its A Wonderful Life is perhaps the finest movie ever made. Oh, not judging on technical standards, though the movie is quite well done. Wonderful Life is a great movie...