It’s a Wonderful Life (U)
USA/1947/130mins/U. Dir: Frank Capra. With: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore. George Bailey
It’s Christmas Eve in Bedford Falls and George Bailey, who has long considered himself a failure, faces financial ruin and arrest and is seriously contemplating suicide. An angel named Clarence reveals to him a parallel universe in which he doesn’t exist, leaving a hole in the community. Frank Capra’s masterpiece is a call for a kinder, gentler world and a real festive treat.