It's a Wonderful Life Film Summary & Analysis

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Style and Cinematography

It's a Wonderful Life was created as a type of fable for the life of the normal person. By using George Bailey as the main character, Capra brings the viewer into Bailey's realm of experience, making George equal to the viewer. From the beginning, George is played up to be a normal, everyday guy who is just doing his best to make those around him happy. Stylistically speaking, the story of the depressed man at the holidays could have hit too close to home for viewers. Instead, they fell in love with George, even though the greatest appreciation of the film did not occur until the 1970s. Even with the handsome Stewart playing George's character, Capra was able to create shots that kept George on an equal level with the audience, partly because he used some of Stewart's real emotion to portray scenes...

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