Monday, December 18, 2006

More IAWL Sightings

I saw It's a Wonderful Life on the big screen this weekend. While I started losing feeling in the lower-half of my body from the "vintage" seating, it was a fun time.

Watching an old movie on the screen lets you notice little things you never did on the television.

For example:
  • In the sledding scene at the beginning of the movie (where Harry slides into the water), all the kids have skull & crossbones patches on their hats.
  • All the Coca-Cola advertising in Mr. Gower's drug store.
  • The metal skull on Mr. Potter's desk (when George is getting offered the job with Potter).
  • Being able to recognize the portraits of family members as actual photos of the actors (not filler).
Once I've seen my IAWL for the year, I know it's Christmas time. I remember as a kid, trying to watch every showing of it on television - or at least part of it. Now if I try to watch it on TV (I believe NBC is the only network airing it) I go nuts with all the commercials.

I'll leave you with an interesting article I ran into about Frank Capra's films and his faith. Of particular interest is the story about a stranger visiting Capra in the hospital (when he had Tuberculosis) and giving him somewhat of a "pep-talk."

Anyway, blogging may slow down a bit with the holidays around the corner. Priorities, ya know!


Anna said...

I did the same with Breakfast at Tiffany's - I saw the movie a million times as a kid (I was a big Hepburn fan as most girls are) but went to see it at the cinema and - gosh - it was like seeing it for the first time. I wish they played more old movies at the cinema where I live...

la peregrina said...

I've also seen IAWL at a movie theater. Somehow it always makes the movie more enjoyable to watch them in a theater.

Carrie said...

Hee, I never got into Hepburn - unless it was Kate.

I've seen a couple of Hitchcock films in the theater - those are a ton of fun on the big screen. Bring your own seat padding!

stellypippin said...

How cool that you got to see IAWL on the big screen - I wish local movie theaters would do that here. :/ I want that whole movie-going experience of going to the theater to see these classics in all its full glory - oh well, at least I have TCM, lol

But yeah, the whole commercial thing - very, very annoying, lol - I wish they would show it commercial-free!

stellypippin said...

Thanks for the link, btw :D

Bantaskin said...

IAWL is such a masterpiece on so many levels. It would be awesome to see in large format. We always get a kick out of the scene in which Elmira is mentioned. I have a brother who is certain Capra modeled Bedford Falls after Elmira. One of these days I'm going do some research and see if he's right.