Unspooled: It’s a Wonderful Life

While most roll their eyes at the mention of this wretchedly sappy holiday favorite, a marvelous and refreshingly new point of view emerges on Frank Capra’s “beloved holiday classic”.

At last. For those who have cowered in corners all these years, fearful to admit they found the film to be a mawkish downer, mean-spirited, spiteful and an altogether hopeless treatise on life, feel free to come out of hiding. Never one to advocate cold bloodedness, I will continue my annual ritual of dissolving into a puddle when George (Jimmy Stewart) reads the inscription in Tom Sawyer “Remember, no man is a failure who has friends” and kindly Clarence gets his wings.

 

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~ by eaesthete on 12/22/08.

One Response to “Unspooled: It’s a Wonderful Life”

  1. all true. . .but for me the moment is when George’s younger brother (back from the service) raises his glass and toasts ” to my big brother George, the richest man in town.” Cue Auld Lang Syne.

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