Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Blogging From A to Z - F is for Frank and Faith

Welcome to the It's A Wonderful Blog's Blogging From A to Z April (2015) Challenge. For this challenge, I will post every day in April (except for Sundays) about topics related to the Frank Capra/Jimmy Stewart film, It's a Wonderful Life.

Frank Capra:
Frank Capra used the same themes in many of his films:
Frank Capra.
Source: http://alsolikelife.com/shooting/2009/
12/991-123-lost-horizon-1937-frank-capra/
  • Fighting for the little man - Whether the main character was the little man or was the one who did the fighting for the little man, the important part was that they were protected somehow.
  • Each person's life touches so many other lives - We saw it in It's a Wonderful Life, You Can't Take it With You, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, and many more. There is an argument to be made that this message can be found in just about every film ever made by anyone. After all, we don't live in a vacuum.
  • No man is a failure - We each struggle, but if we persevere, we can't fail. Failure is a condition of a disease. The disease is called quitting. It reminds me of that saying that "everyone is special." We are. Not everyone ate the same piece of food, sat in the very same chair and looked in the same directions. Even twins are unique.
  • There are so many more that will explore them in future blog posts.
  • Get The Premiere Frank Capra Collection and watch those. You will see what I mean.

Faith
If you don't see the faith aspect in It's a Wonderful Life, you need to go watch it again. Faith is EVERYWHERE.
The Frank Capra Collection
Source: http://www.dvdactive.com/news/
releases/frank-capra-collection.html

  • It starts with prayer
  • Then it moves to Heaven and a discussion among angels.
  • George's guardian angel is sent to help him.
  • George prays for redemption.
  • It is everywhere. Don't fight it. Embrace it. I fought it for a long, long time. I didn't start paying attention to it until January, 2015. You don't have to be religious to see it or appreciate it. Capra's vision of angels and Heaven isn't exactly Biblical. There is some creative license in there. So breathe easy and enjoy it.

Capra's vision of Heaven.