By Bob Welch
Do you pay a trip to Bedford Falls each Christmas? Does December believe incomplete with no reminder that “no guy is a failure who has friends”? If George and Mary Bailey are annual visitors at your place in the course of the vacation trips, you understand that It’s a superb Life is way greater than only a festive seasonal movie. It’s a mirrored image of what we will be while we’re at our greatest and a reminder that our lives can switch every person round us—for larger or worse. Revisit the defining classes in Frank Capra’s 1946 vintage, and realize new dimensions of the movie you’ve noticeable many times. What are you able to examine from Mary’s quiet contentedness? Does George’s selflessness make you reconsider your personal priorities? and the way approximately Clarence’s dogged dedication to his project? subscribe to writer Bob Welch for a close-up of the characters and topics that form this gorgeous tale. You’ll be reminded that life’s most vital paintings is frequently the paintings we by no means deliberate to do and that God can use the most...
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Says George. ” says Ernie. ” You get the idea. ” And then, trouble. Ernie sees dozens of folks rushing beneath their umbrellas to Potter’s bank and to Bailey Building and Loan. Director Frank Capra’s use of rain and umbrellas is brilliant; after all, in a sense, the sky is falling. People are clamoring to withdraw whatever money they have in the Bailey Building and Loan. George and Mary, the joy drained from their faces, stare out the back of the cab’s window at a scene they can hardly believe.
Why do most people attend a particular church? Because they know someone in that church; they’ve had contact with someone whose life has had an impact on them. That’s easy if it’s someone just like us. But what about the people we meet who are far different from us? We tend to shy away, fearing a chink in our comfort armor, instead of getting to know them. When Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well, He knew the context far beyond the fact that, as a Jew, He wasn’t expected to be mixing it up with a Samaritan.
POTTER HENRY F. POTTER MAY BE THE RICHEST MAN IN TOWN AT movie’s start, but his bedside manner is pathetic. ” In the scene where he tries to hire George, Potter refers to the people the Baileys try to help as “a lot of garlic-eaters,” a racial slur aimed at Italians such as the Martinis. ” His final act is to seek a warrant for George’s arrest. But in the end, it’s George being honored as “the richest man in town,” the Baileys’ living room being packed with people who know, love, and respect him—not Potter.