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Thursday, December 18, 2008

It's my wonderful life

It's a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart is probably my favorite movie of all time. This black and white favorite is a must see in my family every Christmas. It brings life back in to perspective especially after such a tumultuous year. By disclosing this fact I have aged myself but I really don't care. The classic Frank Capra movie grips my heart every holiday! I am a sucker for happy endings. The movie's message is that every person is important, and we are all connected in ways we don't even notice. Even the smallest action can have a big impact on another person. It helps us to count our daily blessings.

Are you a fan of It's a Wonderful Life? Or do you think the movie is too sentimental and old-fashioned? If you like the movie, read on. I've got a link to an awesome article. Time magazine's Roger Rosenblatt wrote an amazing essay about It's a Wonderful Life in year 2000. I can't do Rosenblatt's essay justice, if you love It's a Wonderful Life, you'll like the essay. Here's a preview:

Most of the the time, we go along clouded by the suspicion, often justified, that we're alone in the world. Then once in a while, miraculously, we're proved wrong. Friends appear at the front door prepared to gather round and save us....suddenly we have company. Suddenly it's a wonderful life. I went to the hospital yesterday because a friend of the family had a healthy 8 pounds baby boy. Seeing this family together is another chapter of it's a wonderful life. Careful don't take the "f" away and if you do it's a wonderful lie.

I'd love to hear what you think.


Yoknapatawpha Kid said...

Dear M.C.,

Nice post! My name is Peter Ricci, and I'm a college student and journalist who currently contributes to 'Too Shy to Stop,' an online magazine focused on culture and the arts.

I came across your post, as it would turn out, while searching for different blogs on "It's a Wonderful Life," as I just finished an essay on the film.

While a wonderful film, I take an alternate view, seeing it as a populist message in cue with Capra's career and its current status as a holiday chestnut a gross misinterpretation.

Check it out! I think you will like it, and I would love a comment: http://tooshytostop.wordpress.com/2008/12/24/its-a-wonderful-life-wonderfully-misinterpreted/


Peter Ricci

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