It's A Wonderful Life (Two-Disc Collector's Set) (B/W & Color) [Import]
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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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And God knows, those GS-"coffin nails" for our world, the humanism and the message of this infinitely miraculous Flm-tale for anyone didn't fail to touch them either - because after 125 minutes they had to admit, that very very deep inside they still have remained ohhh so human.
So here we have a tender scene with all these icey-cold capitalism-perverters, of the entire board of Goldman-Sachs crying really hard, so that the many many zeros of the net profit, stated in the Annual Report of Goldman Sachs Holding, Cayman Islands gets literally "waterboarded" tear-fully, hence becoming illegible. And even the CFO clenches his fist and waves it, at the obvious greed of this wheelchaired hard-core-capitalist (Lionel Barrymore), who as a matter of fact is cheating on proud average joe-homeowners-to-be, backed by honest and trustworthy bank-clerks of the "Savings & loan". Yet he doesn't obviously seem to give a shyte. As our slightly confused bankers gradually begin to grasp, they all start to think of their loved ones at home, in their humble, yet alarm-protected huts in the Hamptons.
The legally tax-deducted luxury-85-inch-Panasony TV leaves no doubt as to what the human community actually holds together.
"Heartless" Bankers with quite moist eyes flop into each other's arms, comforting themselves and some of them even feel the urge to instantly call for a Presbyterian priest, where they can confess all their sins immediately.Read more ›
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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Excellent film d'époque avec Hugh Grant (grande performance) et Donna Reed..À voir! Catégorie classique!Published 2 months ago by Christiane 122
Just a classit movie! I bought this as a Christmas gift and paired it with tickets to a live performance of It's a Wonderful Life. It was great to get into the holiday spirit. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great classic movie! This is one of my favourite holiday films.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 5 months 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 5 months 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 months 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 months ago by Amazon Customer
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