I love that the Grand Illusion, every December, books a holiday run of Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It’s a treat to see this classic in 35mm, to watch Jimmy Stewart running up that snow-covered street in Bedford Falls (“Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!”) , and to hear that bell ring as angel Clarence gets his wings. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is one of those movies that can make you feel better about the world; it’s sentimental, sure, but Capra plucks at our heartstrings with such warmth we can’t help succumbing. Here, if you can’t get to the Grand Illusion (or to a video store), are the final scenes of the movie. You’ve seen them before, no doubt, but they work every time. If you can watch this without getting teary, you’re made of tougher stuff than I.
And on that note, I’m taking a few days off for the holiday; back on Monday. I’ll be gathering with friends and family, and listening carefully for the sound of bells. I hope you all find some warmth and magic this weekend; on screen and elsewhere.