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It's a Wonderful Life
Like overcooked poultry, Brussels sprouts, indigestion and the Queen's Speech, It's a Wonderful Life is a Christmas tradition. However, unlike these things, Frank Capra's masterpiece is both tremendous fun and good for you. Far from being a saccharine, sentimental wallow, this film, in little over two hours, manages to run the gamut of human emotions, from total joy to utter despair.

Unquestionably made to give hope to post-war America, the film shows us all the hardships of life in a world shaped by global conflict and economic depression, yet, in a final sublime moment of catharsis, reminds us why every individual matters and why life is worth living. But this is not just a film of its time; over 60 years on, It's a Wonderful Life not only continues to give comfort, but remains as vital and relevant as ever.

Information published by Leisure and Culture Dundee.

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