Thursday, 4 December 2008
it's a wonderful life
"When I started making films I wanted to make Frank Capra pictures," John Cassavetes.
The winner of five academy award nominations, Frank Capra's 1946 much loved classic It's a Wonderful Life is coming to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) for Christmas this year, looking and sounding better than ever.
Driven to the brink of despair on Christmas eve George Bailey (James Stewart) is on the verge of suicide, prompting his under-achieving guardian angel to pay him a visit and convince him of life's worth. In the hope that he may earn his wings, angel Clarence (Henry Travers) needs to convince George that life is worth living. And so begins the story of George Bailey and how he comes to realise that he really does have a wonderful life.
ACMI Film Programmer, Amree Hewitt, says the screening is a must-see for those who have already seen it and those who haven't.
"Its a Wonderful Life is a true Hollywood classic. This brand new, pristine 35mm print of the film celebrates both Frank Capra's feelgood celebration of life and touches on the deeper questions about the impact one person can have on their world. Given the films more potent resonances, especially relevant in the current economic climate, it has always surprised me that it is a perennial Christmas favourite. Yet perhaps not, as like the season itself, the film is so much more than just surface gloss."
Capra's moments of tinsel tinged dystopia gives depth to this magnificent family favourite marking it as one of Golden Hollywood's crowning achievements.
It's a Wonderful Life has been recognised by the American Film Institute as one of the best 100 films ever made and was placed at number one on the list for the most inspirational American films of all time.
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Frank Capra, 130 mins, USA, 1946, 35mm, B&W. Source/Courtesy: Potential Films
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