Frank Capra

Liberty Films

James Stewart
Donna Reed
Lionel Barrymore
Henry Travers

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: USA 1946, Digital, Black & White, English, NR, 130 min


On Saturday and Sunday December 2-3, Ciné presents its annual celebration of the timeless holiday classic, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE with family matinees at 11:30am! Screening admission is FREE with your holiday donation of either an unwrapped new toy for Toys for Tots, a book for Books for Keeps, or a cash donation to support your local art house cinema. And plan to Give the Gift of Ciné this holiday season with an annual membership or gift card for the film fan on your list! This year's screenings sponsored by Brian Carney.

One of the most beloved American films of all time, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE is also one of the most fascinating films in the American cinema, a multilayered work of Dickensian density. George Bailey (played superbly by James Stewart) grows up in the small town of Bedford Falls, dreaming dreams of adventure and travel, but circumstances conspire to keep him enslaved to his home turf. Frustrated by his life, and haunted by an impending scandal, George prepares to commit suicide on Christmas Eve. A heavenly messenger (Henry Travers) arrives to show him a vision: what the world would have been like if George had never been born. Capra's triumph in this masterwork is to acknowledge the difficulties and disappointments of life, while affirming his cherished values of friendship and individual achievement.