I have to be the ONLY serious Mule fan who has never stubbornly ever seen It's a wunnerful life ... & yet i STILL get the reference! Arragh! Maybe i should break down & watch it ...?
Well, at my current pace, I should get to It's A Wonderful Life in my blog in four years, so you've got until then to see it. I plan to write about Frank Capra's movies often -- while he's remembered for his sweet optimism, I think there's a downward trend from the giddy possibilities of It Happened One Night and Mr. Deeds Goes To Town to the darker realities of Mr. Smith Goes To Washington and Meet John Doe to the dark, postwar fantasy of It's A Wonderful Life. If I had to sum it up, I would call it Capra's slow disillusionment with the world and would say if he has any lesson for us, it's what Hemingway concluded at the end of To Have and Have Not (in the fevered words of Harry Morgan), "No matter how a man alone ain't got no bloody fucking chance."Or as Zuzu put it, "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings."That's right, Zuzu, that's right. Without divine intervention, a man alone ain't got no bloody fucking chance.
Myth/Monk makes an excellent observation. And interestingly, Zuzu's last line was rewritten just before shooting. The original script has it: "Every time a bell rings, some fucking angel gets his wings!" Despite long-standing rumors of a potential Hemingway lawsuit, the reason for the last-minute script change has never been adequately explained.
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