It's a Wonderful Life / La vie est belle (Colorized/Black and White) (Version française)
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Now perhaps the most beloved American film, It's a Wonderful Life was largely forgotten for years, due to a copyright quirk. Only in the late 1970s did it find its audience through repeated TV showings. Frank Capra's masterwork deserves its status as a feelgood communal event, but it is also one of the most fascinating films in the American cinema, a multilayered work of Dickensian density. George Bailey (played superbly by James Stewart) grows up in the small town of Bedford Falls, dreaming dreams of adventure and travel, but circumstances conspire to keep him enslaved to his home turf. Frustrated by his life, and haunted by an impending scandal, George prepares to commit suicide on Christmas Eve. A heavenly messenger (Henry Travers) arrives to show him a vision: what the world would have been like if George had never been born. The sequence is a vivid depiction of the American Dream gone bad, and probably the wildest thing Capra ever shot (the director's optimistic vision may have darkened during his experiences making military films in World War Two). Capra's triumph is to acknowledge the difficulties and disappointments of life, while affirming--in the teary-eyed final reel--his cherished values of friendship and individual achievement. It's a Wonderful Life was not a big hit on its initial release, and it won no Oscars (Capra and Stewart were nominated); but it continues to weave a special magic. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Après le décès de son père, George Bailey est contraint de reprendre l'entreprise familiale de prêts à la construction et d'abandonner ainsi ses grands rêves. Entrant alors en conflit avec Potter, l'homme le plus puissant de la ville, il ne cesse de se battre pour venir en aide aux déshérités. Un Noël, George est au bord du suicide quand l'ange Clarence apparaît, ce dernier lui montrera le bien que le pauvre héros déploie sur les gens qui l'entourent...
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What this movie offers is a solid family experience with a lesson for all. At first it seems like just another "good" movie as we see the life of a young man (Gearge Baily) being recounted by some angels up in heaven. All seems well but it also appears that the weight of the world keeps getting added to George Baily's back one pound at a time. In time this happy life reaches a breaking point and then we start to see the real beauty of the story. George Baily's guardian angel, Clarence, grants him his wish to see what life would be like if he (George Baily) had never been born. Now all those minor and major incidents in George's life that we saw in the first two thirds of the movie suddenly take on a very special meaning. We see how those things affected the lives of so many people and (this IS a Capra movie afterall) always for the better. In case you haven't seen this movie, I'll leave the plot hanging there. The ending is truly heart-warming.
This movie has a lot going for it besides the plot. The directing is terrific as is usually the case in a Frank Capra movie. The acting is terrific with Stewart taking the lead as George Baily.Read more ›
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Marvellous film, almost a horror story sometimes but what a pay off! Jimmy Stewart at the top of his form and this was his first film after flying bombers in WW2.Published 3 days ago by Snowy Angel's Mom
An exceptional cast crafted this heart-warming story to perfection. The story asks the viewer to reflect upon his/her particular life in light of the positive difference in the... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Kenneth Lehman
Super fast shipping. Received it within days of ordering it. Great movie. Watched the colour version as well as the classic black and white. Loved them both!!Published 5 days ago by Steve
Movie itself has always been a great movie for its time and with lasting life-learning experience. However, reviews were misleading. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Grew up watching this movie for years. Decided to add to my private collection.Published 5 days ago by Donnie Bowman
Great memories of my childhood Christmases. The CD came in a decent case and is good quality as well.Published 7 days ago by S. E
The movie was black and white! It dose not day anywhere that this is the case. My friends copy was colour. Didn't watch it! Very disappointed.Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
Nice that I can choose between the coloured or original black and white.Published 24 days ago by Erica