Monday, 22 December 2014

Christmas Countdown 2014: Day 22


Only two more days until Christmas Eve! This does not only mean that you'll soon be able to spend a merry holiday together with your loved ones, eating lots of delicious food and singing along to some fun Christmas songs. No, it also means that our BSP Christmas Countdown is slowly but certainly coming to an end. So, today, we'd like you to enjoy our final Christmas movie check-up of the year. Does the following holiday classic have the Christmas factor?

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
 USA; 130 min.; family drama, comedy, fantasy
Director: Frank Capra
Writing: Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra
Cinematography: Joseph F. Biroc, Joseph Walker, Victor Milner
Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Gloria Grahame, Todd Karns, H.B. Warner

Synopsis: George Bailey's life is hardly going according to plan. Despite his original intentions to travel the world and become a millionaire, he eventually finds himself stuck in his small hometown, married to the love of his youth and father of four children. While running the family business, things turn bad for George and financial problems abound. Out of sheer desperation, he wishes that he had never been born. Unfortunately, he doesn't expect that his guardian angel Clarence does not shy away from granting him this wish...

Christmas Factor: 100%
A true holiday classic! There simply is no denying that this tale about love, friendship, altruism, charity and joie de vivre is the perfect watch for all people who enjoy Christmas as a celebration of social bonds and kindness. The film reminds us that life isn't about expensive, fancy presents but the time that we get to spend with our loved ones. It tells us that happiness can come in all kinds of unexpected ways and manners. Can a Christmas movie spread a more uplifting message than this one?

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