Westwood Free Public Library
It’s a Wondeful Life Film Talk with Brian Rose
ONLINE ZOOM

Thursday, Dec. 2, 7pm
It's a Wonderful Life
America’s Favorite Holiday Movie: A Look Inside It’s a Wonderful Life Voted the most inspirational movie ever made by the American Film Institute,  Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life has  been a beloved Christmas classic for many  generations. The snowbound streets of  Bedford Falls, the desperate travails of  George Bailey, and the discovery of Zuzu’s  petals have become traditional signatures of the holiday season. Yet when the film was  released in 1946, it was a box-office flop, won no Academy Awards, and was largely  forgotten—until it was rediscovered through endless airings on local TV stations  beginning in the 1970s and on annual Christmas eve broadcasts on NBC starting in  1992. This talk will examine the fascinating story of It’s a Wonderful Life, looking at the  challenges of how it was made, its surprisingly dark portrait of small-town life, and how  it became the ultimate portrayal of holiday goodwill and cheer.

BRIAN ROSE is a professor emeritus at Fordham University, where he taught for 38 years in the  Department of Communication and Media Studies. He’s written several books on television history and  cultural programming, and conducted more than a hundred Q&A’s with leading directors, actors, and writers  for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Screen Actors Guild, the British Academy of Film and  Television Arts, and the Directors Guild of America.
 
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