The most honored and well-liked director of his generation, Sicilian-born Frank Capra graduated from the California Institute of Technology as a Chemical Engineering major. Down on his luck after service during World War I, he bluffed his way into the movie business and learned films from the bottom up, from the film lab to the prop department to the editing department. He settled in as a gagman during the 1920s, and soon became a director specializing in comedy. After a stint with Mack Sennett, Capra moved to Columbia Pictures, where he came into his own as a filmmaker.
Displaying a good feel for drama as well as comedy, and a common touch with which ordinary viewers could resonate, Capra quickly became the star among the tiny studio’s stable of directors. His pictures, starting with American Madness in 1932, displayed themes that audiences regarded as important and uplifting during the worst days of the Great Depression, and Capra, despite the relatively modest budgets with… read more
Sus obras me reconcilian con la humanidad y me hacen creer que la vida vale la pena, a pesar del cinismo y la desesperanza tan comunes en estos tiempos. Parafraseando a Melvin Udall en Mejor Imposible, las películas de Frank Capra me hacen querer ser un mejor hombre.
How can anyone "not get" Frank Capra? I saw "It Happened One Night" at the cinema this past weekend. Those two monologues by Clark Gable as Peter Warne--firstly, the one where he berates Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) for trying to buy everything (or more to the point, everyone) with money; secondly, the scene where Peter expresses frustration at the lack of decent women, outlining his ideal woman--"Somebody that's real. Somebody that's alive. They don't come that way anymore"--YES, my sentiments EXACTLY! "Boy, if I could ever find a girl who was hungry for those things" says Peter. It's so true--women (and people in general) who are "real" and "alive" are so rare--and I love the contempt this film as well as "Platinum Blonde" and "It's A Wonderful Life" have for people who think "everyone has a price" and the crass materialism of "society." Frank Capra was all about the human spirit prevailing over avarice--if you don't "get it", you don't have a soul.