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  Frank Capra - Biography
Capra reunited with Stanwyck and produced his first universally acknowledged classic, The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933), a film that now seems to belong more to the oeuvre of Josef von Sternberg than it does to Frank Capra.
Capra, a genius in the manipulation of the first form of "mass media," was opposed to "massism." The crowd in a Capra film is invariably wrong, and he comes down on the side of the individual, who can make a difference in a society of free individuals.
Capra's period of greatness was over, and after making three under-whelming films from 1948 to '51 (including a remake of his earlier Broadway Bill (1934)), Capra didn't direct another picture for eight years, instead making a series of memorable semi-comic science documentaries for television that became required viewing for most 1960's school kids.
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  Wesleyan Cinema Archives: The Frank Capra Collection
Frank Capra's work has become so well-known and respected that it is today used as a yardstick by which critics and the public measure a certain type of purely American film comedy.
Capra was president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, president of the Screen Directors Guild, and the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, the Order of the British Empire, the White House National Medal of the Arts, the 10th Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, and many other honors.
The Frank Capra Collection is a complete record of his life and career, from his childhood throughout his active directing years, his World War II service, his work with the Directors Guild, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and on to his years as author and lecturer.
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  Frank Capra (1897-1991)
Capra was building a distinguished academic record when his father, having just bought a lemon grove with his savings, died in a farm accident, a tragedy that would resonate in several of the director’s future films.
Capra’s touch was already apparent in the comic story of a Belgian war veteran, a wide-eyed innocent who goes to America in search of a girl, his pen pal during the war, and ends up defeating a corrupt gang of bootleggers that had taken over her small town.
Capra eagerly met the challenge of sound and was in the forefront of those seeking to liberate early talkies from the confinement of the sound stage.
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 The Films of Frank Capra
On the other hand, like most of Capra's women, she is a person of amazing ability, coping on equal terms with a man's job and a man's world: she is a successful reporter herself, and as the film keeps repeating, regarded as "just one of the boys" on the newspaper.
Capra might not approve of the rich, but he, and probably his audience too, felt their clothes were definitely a good thing.
Capra has positioned him in the hallway so that when he turns and enters the living room, the second shot is beautifully composed and framed, with the actor the center of a composition focusing on the doorway.
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 AllRefer.com - Frank Capra (Film, Biography) - Encyclopedia
Capra's naively decent American heroes triumph over the forces of greed, cynicism, corruption, or self-doubt in such films as Mr.
Among his movie-making innovations were accelerated pacing, conversational and sometimes overlapping dialogue, and previews that gauged audience reaction.
Capra's many other films include Lost Horizon (1937), You Can't Take It With You (1938; Academy Award), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), State of the Union (1948), A Hole in the Head (1959), and his last, Pocketful of Miracles (1961).
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 frank capra biography (1897 - 1991)
Frank Capra, when writing these words in 1971 about downtrodden workers ('the working stiffs') was not just repeating the flattering comments critics had made about his films.
Capra himself was born poor and pushed around, one of seven peasant children in Scily in 1897.
Capra and Riskin found themselves in a quandary about the ending: their final choice, with Doe's supporters persuading him to carry on fighting for his ideals, fails to convince - though it is difficult to imagine what could bring this ambitious, garrulous, awkward film to a satisfactory conclusion.
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 Frank Capra - MSN Encarta
Capra subsequently joined Columbia Pictures, where he gained his greatest success as a director of comedies that had appealing characters, social and political themes, and happy endings.
Capra’s Meet John Doe, another story of a simple man thrust into the public eye, was released in 1941.
Other films directed by Capra include Platinum Blonde (1931), The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933), Lost Horizon (1937), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), State of the Union (1948), Here Comes the Groom (1951), and Pocketful of Miracles (1961; a remake of his 1933 film Lady for a Day).
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 The Premiere Frank Capra Collection by Frank Capra on DVD starring Pat O'Brien, Pat O'Malley, Edwin Maxwell at Movies ...
Only filmmaker Frank Capra could carry off this tale of a naive "average American" (Gary Cooper) who is used by an unscrupulous politician (Edward Arnold) through a nationwide "goodwill drive." Barbara Stanwyck is the reporter who falls in love with Cooper and must save him when the campaign is exposed.
Based on a hit Broadway play, this insightful Frank Capra film stars Spencer Tracy as a would-be presidential candidate and Katharine Hepburn as his estranged wife, who agrees to pose as a loving spouse for the campaign.
Frank Capra's final film is a hilarious translation of a Damon Runyon tale set in 1930s New York, as gangster Glenn Ford repays street peddler Bette Davis for her "good luck" apples by passing her off as a well-to-do society lady for her visiting daughter (Ann-Margret in her film debut).
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 DVD Talk Review: The Premiere Frank Capra Collection
The more nuanced explanation of what that descriptive entails is as follows: in a Frank Capra movie, there is a clear distinction between the little man and the big man. Any big man who crosses over to try to lend a helping hand to the little man will often be scorned as crazy.
For Frank Capra and screenwriter Sidney Buchman (Holiday), if the United States is a democracy built for the people and by the people, then when it goes awry, it's up to the people to fix it.
The documentary traces Capra's life from a young Italian immigrant growing up in California to his early days as a director, the films he made for Columbia, his service in WWII making films for the Army, the post-war success, and his twilight years.
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 DEEP FOCUS: Frank Capra   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Frank Capra was born in Sicily in 1897 before immigrating to the Los Angeles with his family in 1903.
Capra went on to Columbia Pictures in 1928 and helped the studio turn itself around from a cheap, run-down operation into a major player in Hollywood.
Whether Capra "[crosses] the thin line between populist sentimentality and populist demagoguery" as film scholar Andrew Sarris believes or directly satirizes fascism, slick businessmen, and crooked politicians is something that is still argued over today.
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 The Catholic Vision of Frank Capra
The career of Frank Capra coincided with the golden age of Hollywood, and many of his films are recognized as classics.
Capra's biographers and critics agree that the power and consistency of the filmmaker's moral vision are rooted in his own experiences.
Capra's films celebrate the values associated with life in a community — solidarity and selflessness in particular — but without the close connection to ethnic identity that is so important to the second-generation Italian-Americans represented by Coppola, Scorsese, and Michael Cimino.
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 Time Magazine on Frank Capra -- August 8, 1938
Capra's is a certain kind of peculiarly American, peculiarly kinetic humor, in which the most individual characteristic an extraordinarily adroit and constant use of "business" to accent the comic line.
Decision to transform Gable from a menace to a mountebank was characteristic of Capra.
Frank and Lucille Capra, as befits two of the community's most dazzling celebrities, spend most of the year in a vacation cottage at Malibu Beach, send two of their three children to the U. nursery school.
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 St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture: Frank Capra
Although he is one of the most successful and popular directors of all time, Frank Capra is seldom mentioned as one of Hollywood's great film auteurs.
Capra directed parts of three films produced during the peak of Langdon's career, including The Strong Man (1926), before the two went their separate ways.
Capra remained at Columbia for 11 years, and during this time he made at least 25 films.
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 Bad Subjects: It's Fun...But It Takes Courage: Remembering Frank Capra's America   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Capra's movies may originate in an historical period far from that of contemporary America, but his work is nevertheless still an active part of American culture.
Capra movies are not produced by contemporary American culture, but they are still avidly consumed by it; in other words, they are still being made to appear important in American national tradition.
One reason for the survival of Capra's work in the American marketplace is the existence of a body of American films deemed by academics and critics to be worthy of preservation and study.
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 Frank Capra: A Bibliography of Materials in the UC Berkeley Libraries
Frank Capra's films contain strong elements of theological optimism, the most clear example of which is 'It's a Wonderful Life.' This film examines intersections between God and culture, the presence of glory in ordinary events, and the powerlessness of people that causes them to seek God.
Frank Capra's movies of the early 1930's, in particular The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) and It Happened One Night (1934), played a significant role in the film education movement of that era, which was directed at high school students.
Capra's story of the ultimate political outsider was promoted by exhibitors who asserted its educational value, thus entering a debate about the practicality and efficacy of teaching democratic values to adolescents and children, primarily concentrating on a domestic response.
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 Capra, Smith, and Doe
Frank Capra was born in Bisaquino, Sicily in 1897; he was the sixth of seven children.
Capra did work several odd jobs during grammar and high school; however, it was his brother Tony who worked at Western Pipe and Steel to raise money for Frank Capra's education.
Capra played up the David and Goliath element of his story to the point where his autobiography "read like a morality play, with Capra the heroic figure representing Art, and Cohn the venal figure representing Commerce."(27) His book is peppered with countless dramatic moments of principle.
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 Comedy > Comedy Directors > Frank Capra
Capra put the newcomer Jean Harlow at ease and the result is a fine performance from the twenty year old actress.
Frank Capra's 1938 populist spin on the George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart play about a family of happy eccentrics is a great deal of fun, though it significantly rewrites the original work and doesn't represent Capra (Mr.
Capra's brisk, urbane brand of wit was a perfect complement to his populist faith in the commo...
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 Frank Capra @ Filmbug
The fact that that tone is ignored in the public perception speaks to Capra's talent in creating this dismal story, then throwing the hero into an alternative world nightmare and shattering it with a blast of pure joy and love at the end.
Capra was also the subject of a 1991 biography by Joseph McBride entitled Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success.
Frank Capra died in 1991 and was interred in the Coachella Valley Cemetery, Coachella, California.
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 Frank Capra: Independent Profile
Frank Capra's career best illustrated the rising power of the producer-director that pushed the limitations of the studio system in the 1930s.
Capra rose to prominence as a contract director at Columbia Pictures with his successful mixture of populist drama and sentimental comedy that defined depression-era attitudes and elevated Harry Cohn's studio from Poverty Row status to one of the Big Eight majors.
Capra had adopted a "one man, one film" mantra which later generations would dub the auteur theory, which claimed that a film, like any other important work of art, should be largely the product of a single creative vision and not the offspring of a studio committee.
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 Frank Capra's Lost Horizon
World economic Depression, the rise of Fascism, technological warfare, ethnic persecution, the rejection of "benign" colonialism and the Christian ethic, were reasons for anxiety among liberals in the western democracies...
Capra was among the first of the big Hollywood directors to publicly denounce fascism and its persecution of minorities.
Capra's first cut of Lost Horizon used a frame narrative which established the mystical level of Conway's condition.
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 Winston-Salem Journal | Name Recognition: Frank Capra Jr. a gem for N.C. film industry, but one state might cut in
Capra, 71, is taking pains to distance himself from his reported enthusiasm about the Connecticut project.
In the years since, Capra has overseen the success of the WB's Dawson's Creek at the studios, and in the past year kept all nine sound stages full with filming of Surface, the NBC science-fiction tale, and another successful WB teenage-soap, One Tree Hill.
Capra is listed as the "senior project director" for North Stonington Studios, a proposed $1 billion movie studio and entertainment development on land owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Indians.
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 Frank Capra
The most honored and well-liked director of his generation, Sicilian-born Frank Capra graduated from the California Institute of Technology as a Chemical Engineering major.
Capra finished the '30s as one of Hollywood's most honored filmmakers, with three Best Director Oscars to his credit.
Capra's subsequent movies, including State of the Union and A Hole in the Head, though successful, lacked the urgency and immediacy of his pre-war work, and he fell increasingly out of touch with the changing tastes and attitudes of both audiences and movie studios during the 1950s and early '60s.
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 Frank Capra | Biography
Another Frank Capra offers a new interpretation of the great hollywood director beyond the patriotic sentimentalist or the cynical opportunist that he has been taken for.
Often cast as a cinematic simpleton or primitive, Capra's exploitation of the stylistic and narrative resources of cinema was, in fact, extremely self-conscious and adventurous in ways typical of artistic modernism.
Informed by recent work in genre theory and feminist psychology, Another Frank Capra shows Capra to be a "proto-feminist" director whose feminism has been entirely neglected by previous critics.
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 Bright Lights Film Journal | Frank Capra
The rise of Frank Capra from sickly, abused, impoverished Sicilian immigrant to what one of his sons calls "a shaper of how we view America" is the subject of Kenneth Bowser’s Frank Capra’s American Dream.
Capra never quite believed in his own accomplishments, and in his Catholic way seemed to suffer most when he was most praised.
Before World War II, Capra’s personal demons were largely held at bay by a kind of natural buoyancy and a gratitude for what he believed America had done for him.
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 Amazon.com: Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success: Books: Joseph McBride   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Capra is largely remembered today as a director whose films champion all-American optimism in a world where good ultimately triumphs.
Capra's book is great because we get to hear Capra's own opinions on various aspects of his films, not because it's brilliantly written.
Capra is not a modest man and in his autobiography "The Name Above The Title" he should have given more credit to those talented people such as cinematographer John Walker who helped make so many of his finest films.
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 Capra and American Democracy - Part 2 of Dan T. Carter on the films of Frank Capra
For that very reason, they criticize Capra’s films for what they saw as their sentimentality, their optimism, and their worship of middle-class bourgeois values.
Like any great creator of popular art, Frank Capra knew how to take the comfortable conventions of melodrama and stretch them just enough to make his audience respond with a mixture of pleasure and uneasiness.
Critics who were unhappy with Capra’s films, critics like James Agee, took them seriously as sociological documents, as representations of a world of power or as evasions of a world of power, politics, and economics.
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