Albums are hardly the only art form to be declared masterpieces. How many teachers have said the same about books? Or museums with rare art? Films are no different, which is why we brought in the very wise and very noble Leah Pickett to host our most excellent new video series, Masterpiece Films. So, join us in the luxurious Music Box Lounge, where we discuss the greatest stories to ever hit celluloid.
Director Frank Capra’s holiday classic, It’s A Wonderful Life, was released in 1946. Starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, the film tells the story of George Bailey who’s contemplating suicide on Christmas Eve until his guardian angel, Clarence, intervenes. With a little wit and charm, Clarence shows George what the lives of his friends and family would have been like if he had never existed which causes George to have a change of heart.
While the movie didn’t initially make a big splash with critics, it was nominated for five Academy Awards. It would later become essential holiday viewing in the 1980s when it was replayed on television during the Christmas season. Since then, it’s been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever made.