IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Frank Capra, 1946)

It’s grandiose. It sets its inflated style with its opening voice-overed starry heaven, and continues this style during its (interminable) duration on earth. By contrast, Lothar Mendes’s one decade-earlier The Man Who Could Work Miracles, from Wells, begins the same way but becomes precise, life-sized, once the action comes down to our planet. The Mendes […]