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Director Frank Capra and It’s a Wonderful Life

The Story


Frank Capra's most famous films have long been associated with Depression-era America and Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal politics. However, in 1992, Capra biographer Joseph McBride revealed that the acclaimed director was actually a closet reactionary and a dogged Roosevelt hater. McBride sat down with the CBC's Geoff Pevere to discuss his book Frank Capra: A Catastrophe of Success in December of 1992.

Medium: Radio
Broadcast Date: December 21, 1992
Program: Prime Time
Guest: Joseph McBride
Interviewer: Geoff Pevere
Duration: 24:36

Did You know?


• Frank Capra: Catastrophe of Success has been in print for over 22 years and is widely regarded as the definitive biography of Frank Capra.

• He was a registered Republican who served as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, worked alongside the Screenwriters Guild, and was head of the Directors Guild of America.

• His Christmas film It's a Wonderful Life, wasn't an instant holiday classic. In fact, it wasn't until the early 1980s, when a lapse in copyright allowed network television to run the film during the holidays, that it began to accrue the kind of adoration that has led to today's widespread popularity.


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