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The magazine found Frank Capra’s It’s a Won­der­ful Life to be sen­ti­men­tal “but so ex­pertly writ­ten, di­rected and acted that you want to be­lieve it.” It took a while for au­di­ences to agree. Be­fore World War II, Capra was Hol­ly­wood’s master of pop­ulist fare (such as Mr. Smith Goes to Wash­ing­ton), but his first film after re­turn­ing, with its triumphant per­for­mance by James Ste­wart as de­spair­ing good Sa­mar­i­tan Ge­orge Bai­ley, did not res­onate— at first. Capra’s ca­reer would never re­cover (he died in 1991), but the movie would be­come an Amer­i­can clas­sic, as well as Capra’s fa­vorite of his films.

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