Christian themes in the movie “It’s a wonderful life”

Have you ever taken a close look at the movie “It’s a wonderful life.”

George Bailey prayed. “I want to live again. Please God let me live again.”

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It’s a Wonderful Life …review 

It’s a Wonderful Lifealso known as “Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life,”

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Reviewed by: Ben McMaster
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Better than Average
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Moviemaking Quality:
Primary Audience:
All Ages
Genre:
Drama
Length:
2 hr. 10 min.
Year of Release:
1946
USA Release:
December 20, 2946 (NYC)
January 7, 1947 (wider)

Copyright, Republic Studios

Copyright, Republic Studios

Copyright, Republic Studios

Copyright, Republic Studios

Copyright, Republic Studios

Copyright, Republic Studios

Copyright, Republic Studios

Copyright, Republic Studios

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Box art for “It’s a Wonderful Life” “Christmas” movies
Featuring: James Stewart (George Bailey), Donna Reed (Mary Hatch Bailey), Lionel Barrymore (Henry F. Potter), Thomas Mitchell (Uncle Billy), Henry Travers (Clarence Oddbody), Beulah Bondi (Mrs. Bailey), Frank Faylen (Ernie Bishop), Ward Bond (Bert the Cop), Gloria Grahame (Violet Bick), H.B. Warner (Mr. Gower), Frank Albertson (Sam Wainwright – a friend of George’s), Todd Karns (Harry Bailey), Samuel S. Hinds (Peter ‘Pa’ Bailey),more »
Director: Frank Capra—“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “It Happened One Night”
Producer: Liberty Films, Frank Capra
Distributor: Republic Studios

“It’s a wonderful laugh! It’s a wonderful love!”

This film was a failure at the box office and at the time marked the beginning of the decline for Christian scientist-turned-director Frank Capra. Because of its failure in every sense of the term, it was discarded by its distributer, RKO (which would soon go bankrupt and pack it in), and fell out of distribution, allowing it to wander the mean streets of television’s extra time slots. It then was aired on Christmas night and built up a cult following and pidgeonholed as a “Christmas movie”. I think this is for good reason.

I first saw this film on a Christmasnight and saw it again a few months later. It has played a very strong part in my being born again with its easily relatable themes of ambition versus obligation. Everything in this film seems to be a struggle.

The story focuses around George Bailey, a man who has a worldly vision for his future that is constantly put aside because of his selfless devotion to the town he lives in and the people in it. The favour of God is upon his life, yet he does not realise it until he almost commits suicide. It is how he is saved from suicide that the film gets into the heavy and involved aspects of the themes portrayed.

I cannot convey enough how Christian this populist piece is. If ever there was a moment in cinema history where the hand of God and the magic of film combined to form a work of art, this is it. Frank Capra made films based primarily on democratic, American ideals. With this film, he explored even deeper ideals and pulled everything off masterfully. He deliberately included scenes involving mild family abuse, drunken behavior and prideto allow for a subjective insight into the workings of George Bailey. The dark side is there to contradict the light—not at the expense of.

This film is purely for the family, but parents may want to block their childrens’ eyes during the later scenes. There seems to be such a strong timelessness about it that may mean the kids once older will be able to make educated opinions on these scenes, in particular. I get the distinct impression that God wants this film as a Christmas movie as a way for our present culture to celebrate Jesus Christ. Would that there could be more like this one. It could very well be the greatest film ever made.

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