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It's a Wonderful Life (1946), James Stewart, Donna Reed

Perhaps the most beloved classic Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life” was directed by the genius Frank Capra and it starred James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. It tells the story of a young and ambitious man who marries the girl of his dreams and who risks everything to earn a good living. The business world doesn’t really suit the idealistic George Bailey, who almost loses everything because of his risky business. In a moment of despair, he decides to commit suicide on Christmas Eve, and only an angel saves his life, showing him how the world would have looked like if there hadn’t been George Bailey. The film is magical, it’s wonderful, it conveys the message that life is the most precious gift one can have and so it should be treasured, no matter how difficult is to resist to temptations, challenges or disastrous situations. The film was nominated for 5 Oscars, for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Director, Best Sound, Recording, and Best Film Editing. It also earned a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Director (Frank Capra). Everybody should watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Christmas Eve, because it is really a memorable production of the Old Hollywood.

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