It’s a Wonderful Life at Film Streams
November 30th, 2012
Omaha, NE – Itâ€™s a Wonderful Life returns to the theater this December. Film Streams is hosting the classic Christmas story, which is a darker tale than its name suggests.
Itâ€™s a Wonderful Life was billed as a romantic comedy when it was first released in 1946. But Frank Capraâ€™s classic story is a much darker tale that delves into far weightier themes. â€œThe film begins with literally the cosmosâ€¦a vision of this large galaxy,â€ said Mark Hoeger, a professor of film appreciation at the University of Nebraska Omaha. â€œSo it brings into it these huge themes of what is our place in the universe? Why are we here? What is the meaning of success?â€
The story follows the idealistic George Bailey who has hopes of seeing the world, but instead, stays home to run his fatherâ€™s bank, sacrificing his ambitions for the good of his hometown. Facing financial ruin, George becomes suicidal when he is turned down for a loan by the evil big-money banker Mr. Potter.
The story turns when the guardian angel who has followed Georgeâ€™s woes shows him a vision of a dark and miserable world without him, which helps George see the value of his life. â€œOne of the secrets of Frank Capraâ€™s formula is that even though on one hand you could argue his films end with what could be consideredâ€¦ a happy ending,â€ Hoeger said, â€œhe takes you to such a dark place before that ending that he sort of earns the ending.â€
“All of us can relate to that feeling of that we havenâ€™t achieved what we hoped or thought we could,â€ Hoeger said. â€œThe way the film ends, which is uplifting, is to say, no, your life does matter. You have made a difference in ways you may not be aware of.â€
â€œAnd that in the end, all any of us can hope for is the love of family and friends,â€ Hoeger said, â€œand that probably is a great miracle that we take for granted.â€
Itâ€™s a Wonderful Life will be screened at Film Streamsâ€™ Ruth Sokolof Theater beginning December 14.
Editorial Note: Movieha is on hiatus this week. The film review team will return Friday, Dec. 7.
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