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It's a risky gamble, creating a stage version of Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life .
Center Stage interprets Capra’s Life
| December 18, 2009
Loud and clear
Things certainly changed dramatically at the Courthouse Center for the Arts in West Kingston when Russ Maitland signed on last December as executive director.
Center Stage Productions is branching out in South County
| October 29, 2008
The awful truth
Among the signal directors of 1930s comedies — one thinks of Frank Capra, Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch, and George Cukor — Leo McCarey’s name has been largely forgotten.
Leo McCarey was better in the ’30s
| June 02, 2008
From ma’am, with love
Nilaja Sun could have caved to expectation.
No Child . . . at the ART, plus This Wonderful Life and White Christmas
| December 09, 2007
Lars and the Real Girl
To see how a similar premise can actually touch the heart, check out Peter Cattaneo’s lovely, neglected 2005 film Opal Dream .
LARS AND THE REAL GIRL
| October 17, 2007
As of press time, the 23rd Boston Film Festival was still shaping up.
The Boston Film Festival: work in progress
| September 14, 2007
Could this be Besson’s directing finale, as rumored? Ouais, s’il vous plaît!
Frank Capra’s classic loses its class
| June 06, 2007
The Boss of It All
The Boss of It All reflects on the mysteries of identity, responsibility, globalization, and Gambini’s æsthetics of theater.
Since when do we believe Lars von Trier?
| May 30, 2007
Back in the acts
When it comes to dramatics, there’s plenty to toast at this year’s end.
A year in Maine theater
| December 20, 2006
Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?
Even his mom thinks it’s a goofy idea, but 29-year-old Jeff Smith, a novice politician bursting with liberal idealism, decides to seek a congressional seat in inner St. Louis previously held by Dick Gephardt. Watch the trailer for Can Mr. Smith Get to
A worthy contemporary follow-up
| November 01, 2006
Reversal of fortune
Have you ever reacted aggressively against some lifestyle choice of your forebears?
Buffalo tactics entertain, enliven
| August 23, 2006
The plot thickens
This article originally appeared in the December 20, 1991 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Oliver Stone rewrites history with lightning in JFK
| August 10, 2006
Heaven can wait
If Monsieur Chopin were to find itself in Tony contention, the score would do better than the book.
Monsieur Chopin at ART, Candy and Dorothy at Wellfleet
| June 27, 2006
Why We Fight
As Eugene Jarecki’s documentary of the same title points out, Why We Fight was originally a series of propaganda movies produced by Frank Capra during World War II.
Rating: 2 stars
| January 25, 2006
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