George Bailey has spent his lfe being selfless- now he has a huge debt because of it. Wishing he had never been born, an angel is sent to earth to make his wish come true. Instead, he shows hm what a world without George would be like.
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I hate how Its a Wonderful Life gets lumped in with the standard playlist of Christmas movies when its really so much more than that. This is easily the kind of movie I can't stand in lesser hands, but in Frank Capra's its a thing of beauty that never fails to reduce me to a weeping mess at the end or a little misty at the very thought of it.
Movies (and people) are forgetting what films are made for. When we see this type of film, with a truly message and a well-made storytelling we realize that are men - like Capra - who born with the gift of filmmaking.
I cannot accept intelectual folks with their sh*ts about the way films are supposed to be incomprehensible.
When movies stop to be done to arouse feelings, I resign myself to Cinema.
Capra alchemizes sentimental hogwash into humanist gold, and Christmas is redeemed once again. This film is an essential part of my year. To watch George and Mary gaze into one another is to renew one's compact with the idea of love, fiercely and without embarrassment. One needn't believe in angels to affirm that faith is the substance of things hoped for, and to wish Clarence godspeed. The light of the moon will do.
What's left to say about this enduring masterpiece? Very little.. Jimmy returned from war duty after a five year absence from the screen and was re-united with Capra in a picture that was no great shakes at the box office first time around but found a second home on television many years later when its copyright lapsed and it entered the public domain. No Christmas would be complete without a visit to Bedford Falls..