It’s a Wonderful (Scratch That, Miserable) Life

About the Christmas classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a New York Times op-ed had this to say today:

It "is anything but a cheery holiday tale." It "is a terrifying, asphyxiating story about growing up and relinquishing your dreams, of seeing your father driven to the grave before his time, of living among bitter, small-minded people. It is a story of being trapped, of compromising, of watching others move ahead and away, of becoming so filled with rage that you verbally abuse your children, their teacher and your oppressively perfect wife. It is also a nightmare account of an endless home renovation."

And, with that, we present the 1947 film directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart:


 
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