Its a wonderful life but… – Frank Capra’s stories.

AFI_May1980_Cover - www.filmkailm.comMerry Christmas to all the readers of with this Xmas special. ‘Tis the season we’re reminded that it’s a wonderful life, thanks to Frank Capra, an Angel Second Class named Clarence and the good people who program our movies on television at this time of year. Capra’s common touch and all-American vision of hope in tough times is a beloved feature of the holidays, adding yuletide warmth like a shot of rum in our eggnog.

There are two kinds of Capra stories: the ones he thought he told and the actual ones, darker, more complicated.

So before you tune in to watch James Stewart and Donna Reed in this perennial Christmas classic from 1946, treat yourself to this brilliant analysis of Capra’s films from Morris Dickstein. Like George Bailey, you’ll feel like “the richest man in town.”

Link to the article from the May 1980 issue of AFI’s  American Film Magazine.

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