John Marini, professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Reno, is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Progressive Revolution in Politics and Political Science; The Politics of Budget Control: Congress, the Presidency, and the Growth of the Administrative State; and The Founders on Citizenship and Immigration This article is adapted from a speech delivered at Hillsdale (Mich.) College during a conference on the films of Frank Capra
sponsored by the school's Center for Constructive Alternatives; manuscript courtesy of Imprimis.
Harris suggests that It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Capra
's last important film (but a flop at the time), reflects the insecurity that contributed to Capra
's desire to enlist and afflicted him even during his service, as he was the only one of the five to spend the war safely in Washington (and occasionally Los Angeles) and not serve overseas.
Instead of his occasional, if engaging, digressions, as in his look at how Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein (1974) restores the sentimentality evacuated from the James Whale films of the 1930s (250-58), it would be informative to hear Chandler's take on what the social drives were behind, say, Capra
's choice to revive the sentimental mode as much as he did, and in the sequence of films he chose to make.
I want them to leave feeling light, satisfied and completely happy with what they had," Capra
told Caterer Middle East .
In the second chapter Girgus examines Frank Capra
's films as examples of the American cinema of redemption and excavates their Levinasian themes.
, who is making her main tour debut in New York, made the most of claiming a place in the tournament by winning an eight-woman USTA wild card play-off.
, maker of such classic motion pictures as "It Happened One Night" and "It's A Wonderful Life" received commission as a Major in the Signal Corps in 1942.
However, it wasn't always a wonderful career for Capra
. It took years of hard work and dedication for Capra
to shape his cinematic vision.
Directed by Frank Capra
, it stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man on the brink of suicide on Christmas Eve.
Jr., the producer son of director Frank Capra
who helped establish the film business in North Carolina, died Dec.
ALMOST AS LONG AS RELIGION and film have been discussed academically, Frank Capra
's It's a Wonderful Life has been a focus of attention.