It’s a Wonderful Life

its-a-wonderful-life15th December 2011, the Christmas Special


Season’s greetings, fascist brethren!

Monday saw a very juicy gathering served up by Comrade Helen ‘Melon’ Payne, who introduced us to a slightly random form of fruit-based dictatorship. This included fruity punishments and the forced re-naming of all comrades. I’m sensing quite an worrying aptitude for dictatorship from Comrade Payne!

Much went on before we even got to the evening’s film, and I think we can all agree that the quiz was won by the best possible person. Special mention to Comrade Lucy ‘Juicy Lychee’ Smith for a strong last place and a determination to bring Downton Abbey into the mix at every possible opportunity. The high quality prizes were a hit, and I’m sure you’ve all since gone out and purchased some snow that lasts all year round. Or until it gets wet.

The film itself was the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life. Helen’s initial experience of the film had been a slightly dubious pleasure, watched on a date with the over-amorous Mr Parsnip, but Monday’s showing proved that a good film transcends bad experiences, and hopefully she will now be able to watch it without shuddering in horror.

It’s a Wonderful Life was directed by Frank Capra and stars James Stewart as all round good guy George Bailey who, while on the brink of suicide, is made to understand what a positive difference he has made to the lives of everyone in his home town by trainee angel Clarence Oddbody. It is considered to be such a seasonal classic, frequently topping polls of best Christmas films, that it is easy to forget that the film was actually a box office flop on its 1946 release.

Stewart worked with Capra on a number of films, as well as forming a career-defining series of collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock on films such as Rear Window and Vertigo.

The film contained what is possibly my favourite quote from any MNFC film to date:

“All right, Mother, old Building and Loan pal, I think I’ll go out and find a girl and do a little passionate necking.”

This was closely followed by:

“A toast! A toast to Papa Dollar and to Mama Dollar, and if you want the old Building and Loan to stay in business, you better have a family real quick.”

It has also provided me with the first opportunity to show one of my beloved Bunny Parodies. Enjoy it, and I urge you to explore the other films on offer.

The other slightly childish link in It’s a Wonderful Life that the sharper amongst you will have spotted is that two of the characters, the policeman and the taxi driver were named Bert and Ernie, paving the way for the more widely know Sesame Street duo.

To end, I have found the answer to what I know is the question on everyone’s lips: what to you get when you combine It’s a Wonderful Life, Franz Kafka and Malcolm Tucker? The answer can be found here.

Our next gathering will be in 2012, and brings us ever closer to getting through a year of fascism in film! I suggest we meet again on the 16th January (volunteers wanted), followed by the anniversary session on 6th February, which I intend to host. Please also make space in your diaries in February-March for MNFC’s contribution to awards season. More info to follow…

So, until 2012, my dear brothers and sisters. Have fun and stay cinematic.

Becca xx


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