2021 MOVIE DRAFT- ROUND 5 PICK 6- HANSPOSTCARD SELECTS- IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

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2021 Movie Draft- Round 4 Pick 10- Hanspostcard selects- Holiday – It’s A Wonderful Life.

MOVIE- IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

YEAR -DECEMBER 20, 1946

TIME-131 MINUTES

BUDGET 3.1 MILLION PROFIT 3.3 MILLION

DIRECTED BY FRANK CAPRA

STARRING- JAMES STEWART, DONNA REED, LIONEL BARRYMORE, THOMAS MITCHELL, HENRY TRAVERS.

A movie which is both the great movie director Frank Capra and actor Jimmy Stewart’s favorite movies has to be a pretty good one. It’s A Wonderful Life has always been a movie that gets played around Christmas time due to the movie being set around the Christmas holiday but it is a movie you could watch anytime of the year. I have never thought of it as a Christmas film but as a ‘pick me up ‘ movie in times when I’ve been feeling a little down.

It’s A Wonderful Life came out in 1946- it was based on a short story by Philip Van Doren Stern with a little bit of Dickens A Christmas Carol . Instead of being visited by ghosts though- George Bailey – [James Stewart] is visited by a guardian angel named Clarence [Henry Travers.] George is on the brink of suicide on Christmas Eve. George is 38 years old, all of the dreams he had seem to have gone unfulfilled. He wishes he had never been born. It is the job of Clarence to show George what a big impact he has had in the lives of others and on his home town of Bedford Falls. George had sacrificed his dreams for others. Clarence shows how things would have been if George had his wish- of never being born. He doesn’t like what he sees. I won’t give out any more of the story in case you haven’t seen this- I’d highly recommend it. It would be on my Mount Rushmore of Movies.

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It’s A Wonderful Life on initial release- was considered a failure at the box office- and received mixed reviews but it is one of those movies that grew in stature as time has gone on. It was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture. In 1946 The Best Years Of Our Lives won four of those five awards that It’s A Wonderful Life was nominated for- and it is a fine film but I think it won because of timing- World War II had just ended and The Best Years Of Our Lives was about three servicemen readjusting to civilian life after coming home from the war.

23 responses to “2021 MOVIE DRAFT- ROUND 5 PICK 6- HANSPOSTCARD SELECTS- IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

  1. I agree totally… a classic and one that actually could be watched anytime even though it’s only considered a Christmas one. Amazing that it was essentially a flop when it first came out. we have a big copy of a movie poster for it and often put it up around Christmas time.

  2. Yes, someone had to pick this eventually because it remains the “feel good” of all film, cinema, movies, celluloid reels, etc. It is my favorite Christmas movie, and, in a way, I put it on moratorium until I can see it again with someone who has never seen it before. This way, I get to relive that heartwarming transformation story, and I can see what my friends and family think about it (they always end up loving it). Great inclusion to the draft!

    • I was going to take it last round but wanted to see it again before writing about it… a movie that never grows old.

  3. A great movie by a director who sometimes got picked on a little by some critics. Capra has made some of my favorite movies. Hard to believe this movie wasn’t as popular when it came out. The character actors Capra uses are wonderful. One of my favorites for obvious reasons…Mr. Gower the druggist.

    Not a manly thing to admit but every time Zuzu says “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings” I hide my face because tears comes to my eyes…I don’t know why but it happens every single time. Not many movies can do that to me.

  4. It’s a magical film, done just right. I wonder how many lives it has saved over the years? Plugging into this movie is like getting a full charge of goodwill. George Bailey is everyman, regardless of gender, age, or orientation. Excellent choice, Hans.

  5. I’m a big Stewart fan and Donna Reed is gorgeous. Believe it or not, I did not see this movie until about 2005/2006 (?). I was visiting friends in Spring, TX and they popped this into their DVD player (it was Christmas time). They were shocked I’d never seen it. I’d just never gotten around to it. I cried…LOL!

  6. My my my! This film was one of the first to teach me the power of cinema! James Stewart is my favorite actor of all time! A powerhouse actor whose filmography surpasses the greats today!

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