It's a Wonderful Life / La vie est belle (Colorized/Black and White) (Version française)
Frequently Bought Together
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
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 feel-good 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 II). 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.
From the Back Cover
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...
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
Most recent customer reviews
One of the greatest Christmas movies of all time and a must watch year after year.Published 19 hours ago by Tim B.
No wonder they put this one on television every Christmas.
It is a classic and nice to own.
Excellent film d'époque avec Hugh Grant (grande performance) et Donna Reed..À voir! Catégorie classique!Published 5 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 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Because one of the bankers there, received a personal recommendation of this movie as being a "lovely family film depicting the banking environment". Read morePublished 7 months ago by NOTWISTER
Great classic movie! This is one of my favourite holiday films.Published 7 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 8 months ago by Snowy Angel's Mom