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Frank Capra: Mr America

A young immigrant rises in Hollywood to become a legendary filmmaker, showcasing American ideals.


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Frank Capra: Mr. America serves as an ideal gateway to the filmography—and life—of one of the essential filmmakers in the United States during the 20th century, director of classics like It’s a Wonderful Life and It Happened One Night. Selected for the Venice Festival in 2023, this documentary features previously unseen archival material to explore not only Frank Capra's trajectory from the son of poor Italian immigrants to one of the most influential and respected filmmakers in Hollywood during the 30s and 40s, but also how his optimistic films significantly impacted the American collective consciousness during times of social and economic turbulence.



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Frank Capra: Mr America tells the story of Frank Capra, a young immigrant who rose through the ranks of early Hollywood to become one of the Great American storytellers and one of the most successful and influential film directors of his generation. His iconic films, including It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and It's a Wonderful Life, offered an inspiring vision of America where ideals win out, integrity triumphs, and ordinary people have their day. The documentary uses never-before-seen footage and audio tapes from Capra's life to examine his career and relationship with America, offering a portrait of a complicated man whose tales of hope in difficult times still speak to audiences today.

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