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  • It's A Wonderful Life

    12/20/2013 6:56:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 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.
  • It’s 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 It’s 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 wasn’t 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 Cosby’s TV movie Tell All My Friends on the Shore. However, the movie studio smelled...
  • Wonderful? Sorry, George, It’s 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 I’m convinced it’s for the wrong reasons. Because to me “It’s 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 Bailey’s 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 today’s New York Times says it all: “Wonderful? Sorry, George, It’s a Pitiful, Dreadful Life.” Nothing more clearly illustrates the paper’s hatred of normalcy than its revisionist perspective on “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The moral of the 1946 Capra classic — life has meaning. Even if we don’t achieve our dreams, even if our existence is seemingly hum-drum, those who lead good lives will never know how much good they’ve done. George Bailey does, by glimpsing what his world would look like if he’d 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 MIT’s 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 Review’s 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 don’t have to know me very well to discover that I think It’s 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...