CAPRA CLASSICS

DECEMBER 7 – JANUARY 11

As a holiday treat, the Smith Rafael Film Center presents a selection of favorites by filmmaker Frank Capra (1897-1991), including five new restorations from Sony Pictures Repertory, the company that manages the Columbia Pictures library.

The man whom many consider the quintessential American director was born near Palermo in Sicily and came to the U.S. as a child. He began his movie career in San Francisco in 1922, but he soon moved to Los Angeles, writing for legendary comedy producers Hal Roach and Mack Sennett before working as a director for silent comic Harry Langdon. He joined “poverty row” studio Columbia Pictures in the late 1920s and directed several notable films before hitting the jackpot in 1934 with It Happened One Night, the multiple Oscar-winner that made him famous and established Columbia as a major Hollywood studio.

The American mythology developed by Capra with frequent screenwriter Robert Riskin was infused with populist sentiment, favoring small town values and the “common people” over the rich and powerful who try to manipulate them. While Frank Capra made many of his most celebrated films during the Great Depression, they have stood the test of time and continue to enchant us today.

LOST HORIZON

NEW DIGITAL RESTORATION!
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7  •  4:15 & 7:00

This epic adaptation of the James Hilton novel that made “Shangri-La” our term for earthly paradise stars Ronald Colman as a British diplomat who crash-lands in the Himalayas and discovers a hidden utopia. The most expensive Columbia production to that point, it was cut extensively over time, and this recent restoration includes footage not seen in 70 years. Writer: Robert Riskin. Director: Frank Capra. (US 1937) 137 min.

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MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

NEW DIGITAL RESTORATION!
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14  •  4:15 & 7:00

James Stewart became a star as Jefferson Smith, an innocent selected by corrupt politicians to replace a deceased U.S. Senator, but who, to their dismay, takes his job very seriously. Jean Arthur is the girl (and what a girl!) who supports him against crooked senator Claude Rains. Writer: Sidney Buchman. Director: Frank Capra. (US 1939) 129 min.

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21  •  4:15 & 7:00

These days it’s difficult to believe that director Frank Capra’s independent postwar production was not a financial success in its time. This inspirational holiday favorite (with a touch of film noir) stars James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore and Henry Travers as Clarence the guardian angel. Director: Frank Capra (US 1946) 130 min.

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MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28  •  4:15 & 7:00

This dandy Depression-era comedy, which won Frank Capra his second directing Oscar, stars Gary Cooper as Longfellow Deeds, a rural poet who inherits 20 million dollars and is lured to New York City by unscrupulous lawyers. Jean Arthur is Babe Bennett, the newspaper reporter who exploits him before falling in love with him. Writer: Robert Riskin. Director: Frank Capra. (US 1936) 115 min.

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IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 4  •  4:15 & 7:00

Widely regarded as the first screwball comedy, this Depression-era romance stars Claudette Colbert as a runaway heiress who takes to the road with unemployed reporter Clark Gable. Oscars went to both of them, as well as Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Writer: Robert Riskin. Director: Frank Capra. (US 1934) 105 min.

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YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 11  •  4:15 & 7:00

Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, this romantic screwball comedy received the Academy Award for Best Picture and earned Frank Capra his third directing Oscar. Jean Arthur stars with James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore and Edward Arnold in a raucous tale of a very eccentric family. Writer: Robert Riskin. Director: Frank Capra. (US 1938) 126 min.

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