The Frida Cinema

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It’s A Wonderful Life

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An annual Christmastime tradition returns with Frank Capra’s beloved 1946 classic It’s A Wonderful Life.

James Stewart stars as George Bailey, a generous but eternally in-debt bank employee living in Bedford Falls. It’s Christmas Eve and George, facing financial ruin and arrest, is seriously contemplating suicide. Lucky for him, he is sent a bumbling guardian angel named Clarence (Henry Travers), who is tasked with helping George reassess his life and consider that he may not be the complete failure he thinks he is.

Cooly received upon its original release, It’s A Wonderful Life is now celebrated as a Christmas favorite and one of the most beloved films of classic American cinema.


“The most well-loved of all Christmas movies.” – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

“It’s a Wonderful Life is a wonderful title for a motion picture about which practically everyone who sees it will agree that it’s wonderful entertainment.”The Hollywood Reporter

“Frank Capra’s century-defining masterpiece is a treasure of Classical Hollywood cinema.” – Ben Rolph, Discussing Film

It's A Wonderful Life
It’s A Wonderful Life.