Frank Capra / US, 1947 / 129 min.
The ultimate Christmas film, with its shameless, sentimental, warm humanity and equipped, as it is, with a happy end. James Stewart plays the suicidal George Bailey; guardian angel Clarence helps the former change his mind. At the time, Stewart was Hollywood’s biggest star. 4K restoration.
It’s a tradition. Eye annually programmes this heart-warming classic from Hollywood’s golden age when studios did their utmost to make audiences feel good during the dark days before Christmas. George Bailey is the good soul trying to keep a bank solvent in small town USA which, due to his business partner’s unfortunate machinations, seems doomed. While everyone around him gears up for a happy, jolly Christmas, Bailey is about to end it all.
It's a Wonderful Life