This is probably the best of Capra's mawkish specialty. The war must have grounded his skills. He was talented, admittedly. The performances are perfectly pitched. He was good with actors. The movie does not rank anywhere near his best film, "The Bitter Tea of General Yen," but I like it more than "Mr. Smith" and "Mr. Deeds."
This excellent film from the late 1940's gives us a view of America and its society from a different much more pure time. Directed by Frank Capra, this film has excellent writing and editing styles for its day, bringing together the sights and sounds from the "greatest generation" of American people and how interesting it is that folks from so long ago struggled with the same problems that we do today.
Nonostante la mia convinzione che la notte di Natale non sia posto per film di qualità, Capra è riuscito ad emozionarmi parecchio, scavalcando la mia avversione per i finaloni miracolosamente felici. Una pellicola con una grandissima regia, ma soprattutto con un messaggio, uno di quelli inflazionati, ma pur sempre efficacissimi. Meravigliosa la vita, meraviglioso Capra, meraviglioso il Cinema.
Encore un sublime chef-d'oeuvre de l'éternel Frank Capra, avec un étonnant James Stewart, débordant d'émotion contenue, de sensibilité, de fragilité et de tendre confusion. Un classique parmi les classiques de la comédie américaine. A ne rater sous aucun prétexte... www.cinefiches.com
Seventy years later, and it still seduces with its charm and ability to capture snowy imagery that feels everlastingly fresh in a most nostalgic way. James Stewart's goofy performance, along with fittingly caricature Mr. Potter, is here to bring life and soul to a movie that one can only imagine what kind of magic did it brought in a days of its release, when it's so capable to turn every dated detail in its favor.