It’s a Wonderful Life – 1946 – English
Film directed in 1946 by Frank Capra, and starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen, Ward Bond, Gloria Grahame, H.B. Warner, Frank Albertson, Todd Karns, Samuel S. Hinds, Mary Treen, Virginia Patton, Charles Williams, Argentina Brunetti, Karolyn Grimes…
Synopsis: George Bailey (James Stewart) is an upstanding and unassuming citizen who runs and maintains a small family bank, despite attempts by a powerful banker to bankrupt it. On Christmas Eve 1945, overwhelmed by the sudden disappearance of a large sum of money, which would mean not only the bankruptcy of his bank, but also a great scandal, he decides to commit suicide, but when he is about to do so, something extraordinary happens.
Review: Classic cinema with the stamp of legend, “How beautiful is living” (It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946) is an enchanting tale, a perfect fable and a hymn to goodness that, conveniently, televisions around the world programmed during the Christmas holidays . Seeing her is always comforting. Its mission is to remind us of what we are around an idea not for the simple less great: to see what others would be if we were not. In other words: good feelings and unforgettable performances cover the story of a man – huge Stewart – who contemplates how life would have been for his family if he had not existed, helped by an endearing angel who wants to get his wings. In 1946, just after World War II, the great Capra delivered this masterpiece that was as timely as it was essential. Emulating its original title and plot, if this film had not been created, life – at least that of the seventh art – would be less wonderful.