Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Frank Capra: Filmmaker of Faith

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I like Frank Capra's movies because he deals with desperate men; men who are on a mission.

It's a Wonderful Filmography
From Mr. Deeds and Mr. Smith through George Bailey and his Wonderful Life, the films of director Frank Capra show goodness triumphant in a brutally fallen world—with faith as the key.
Frank Smith posted 12/05/06

A man is hunched at a bar, alone in the midst of a raucous holiday crowd. Tears trickle down his cheek; his sweaty hands are restlessly locking and unlocking. He bows his head and prays for help. But when that help takes an unexpected form he angrily rejects God's messenger, and bitterly proclaims that it would have been better if he'd never been born.
Very few scenes in movie history are as powerful—or unforgettable—as this one from Frank Capra's
It's A Wonderful Life.

George Bailey, at the end of his rope

Voted the Most Inspiring Film of All Time by the
American Film Institute, the movie tells the story of George Bailey: a big dreamer in a small town who has watched life, as he perceives it, painfully pass him by. Sacrificing his dreams as he looks out for others, his hopes ebbing as the years slip past, George ultimately reaches a dark night of the soul in which both his hope and strength fail. But when all seems lost, God miraculously intervenes. And an hour (and a lifetime later), George's eyes have been opened to the countless ways God has touched his life—and other lives through him.

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Blogger Kansas Bob said...

Alex, It just doesn't get better than George Bailey.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Alex Tang said...

Somehow you remind me of George Bailey. :)

1:36 AM  
Blogger Kansas Bob said...

Funny you should say that Alex.. I have been told that before.. not that I agree :)

1:39 AM  
Blogger Alex Tang said...

That's because you are a good man, Kansas Bob. Have a wonderful life!

10:14 AM  

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