A heartwarming film (thanks especially to James Stewart's natural charisma) that has all the elements for a great story and has them put together neatly: it's a very mature production that is a breeze to watch. However, something about its extremely Christian American, moralistic vibe (as with many more post-code 30s and 40s films) limits the fullness and authenticity of the experience for me.
I guess this is kind of a great film, although nauseatingly over-popularized. And the more I see of Capra, the more I am fed up with his Americanism, sappy moralistic happy endings (the ridiculous whitewashing of corrupt American politics at the end of Mr. Smith pisses me off to no end), & I can't help but feel like there's an undercurrent of white supremacy permeating his entire oeuvre. But that's Hollywood I guess.
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.
I love this film, truly and wholeheartedly. Just a phenomenally beautiful and powerful piece of classic Hollywood cinema. It's the kind of film that I feel like putting on again right after I've just watched it. This has been the second Christmas where I've watched it with my family, and I'm quietly hoping that it's something that'll sneak its way into our Christmas traditions alongside the porridge and pinnekjøtt.
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