Movie Diary 12/27/2020

It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946). The movie has become such a Kristmas Klassic that it is under-appreciated for its dynamic image-making (every shot is charged) and its remarkable rhythm (Capra knows just when to pause or let a shot be). A great film.

Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton, 1947), White Christmas (Michael Curtiz, 1954), and Elf (Jon Favreau, 2003). Annual viewings in the household. All are better than they might seem to be, if you know what I mean. Bing Crosby’s patter remains the gold standard for relaxed naturalistic movie acting.

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