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It’s A Wonderful(ly fucked) Life

Oh yes. It really is!

Great post here on the subject of my favourite film (or, one of ’em anyway–right now it might be tied with Mulholland Dr.! and the two works are far more similar than you might think!), by Daniel Green.



A sample:


It’s a Wonderful Life is one of the few Hollywood films, maybe the only one, to show its protagonist going through an authentic existential crisis. He’s forced not just to think about what his own life has been about, but he confronts the prospect of annihilation itself, literally looks into the void of his own nonexistence. The extreme close-up of Jimmy Stewart’s terrified face, looking in utter despair from side to side after his own mother has denied him, as if he’s looking for some other universe to inhabit than the nightmarish one in which he’s currently trapped, is, to me, one of the most frightening and truly emotion-provoking images I think I’ve ever seen. This is hell indeed.

My own net-borne thoughts on the film can be found here

Okay. As you were. Resume merriment!

Good Afternoon Friends!

Dave

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4 comments

  1. “It’s a Wonderful Life is one of the few Hollywood films, maybe the only one, to show its protagonist going through an authentic existential crisis. “

    I’ve never seen IWL, but, come on, it’s not hard to think of some other Stewart movies which are fundamentally existential: FAR COUNTRY, REAR WINDOW, VERTIGO, etc.. His status as the all-American icon makes him probably the best at portraying the existential dilemmas in the American Ideal.

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