Frank Capra | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by William S. Pechter

This literature criticism consists of approximately 5 pages of analysis & critique of Frank Capra.
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Critical Essay by William S. Pechter

The unique Capra genre has been defined by Richard Griffith, the film historian, as the "fantasy of goodwill," and he has also described its archetypical pattern. "In each film, a messianic innocent, not unlike the classic simpletons of literature … pits himself against the forces of entrenched greed. His inexperience defeats him strategically, but his gallant integrity in the face of temptation calls forth the goodwill of the 'little people,' and through their combined protest, he triumphs." This ritual of innocence triumphant did little to ingratiate Capra to an intellectual audience to whom he represented only the triumph of the Saturday Evening Post. But though the apparent vein of cheery optimism which informs this ritual's re-enactment is, of course, precisely that quality which both endears Capra to his popular audience and alienates an...

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