It’s a Wonderful Life
1946
*****
Director: Frank Capra
Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen, Ward Bond, Gloria Grahame, H. B. Warner, Todd Karns

Frank Capra’s much-loved film classic is a celebration of life. It tells a deeply moving story of George Bailey who is about to kill himself on Christmas Eve. As a young man he dreamt of exploring the world, but he gave it all up to help his family, friends and his community. Now he feels that his life has been for nothing. Capra adds fantasy elements to his signature story about an everyman hero, and creates his finest film. Only a hardened cynic will not be moved to tears by this wonderful fable about the “richest man in town”. Based on Philip Van Doren Stern’s short story “The Greatest Gift”.