Classic Holiday Film Night: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFEUSA | 1946 | 130 minutes | Rated G | Drama, Family & Kids, Fantasy
Wednesday December 17, 2014
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$12 General Admission, $9 Member,
$7 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett
James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!
In tribute to the late Jonathan Revere of West Tisbury who was a big fan of classic Hollywood cinema. Co-sponsored by the West Tisbury Library. Doors open at 6:30 pm with free refreshments and live piano music in lobby performed by Michael Haydn, the film will screen at 7:30 pm. So join us for some bubbly, eggnog, and christmas carols!
George Bailey has spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of Bedford Falls. He has always longed to travel but never had the opportunity in order to prevent rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town.
All that prevents him from doing so is George’s modest building and loan company, which was founded by his generous father. But on Christmas Eve, George’s Uncle Billy loses the business’s $8,000 while intending to deposit it in the bank. Potter finds the misplaced money and hides it from Billy. When the bank examiner discovers the shortage later that night, George realizes that he will be held responsible and sent to jail and the company will collapse, finally allowing Potter to take over the town.
Thinking of his wife, their young children, and others he loves will be better off with him dead, he contemplates suicide. But the prayers of his loved ones result in a gentle angel named Clarence coming to earth to help George, with the promise of earning his wings. He shows George what things would have been like if he had never been born. In a nightmarish vision in which the Potter-controlled town is sunk in sex and sin, those George loves are either dead, ruined, or miserable. He realizes that he has touched many people in a positive way and that his life has truly been a wonderful one.
"The epiphany of movie sentiment and a transcendent experience."
-Dave Kehr CHICAGO READER
"The inspirational, thoroughly festive ending is guaranteed to bring tears to the eyes."
-Marc Lee DAILY TELEGRAPH
"I love it, corny as it may be, because it reminds every one of us that we all make contributions to the people around us, contributions we ourselves don't even realize."
-David Stratton AT THE MOVIES (Australia)