Movies, TV, and Pop Culture
This time of year, I like to pull out this old music video I made for the venerable AP's "World Traveler." It seemed very appropriate for this movie then and still seems so today. Enjoy!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQUL5FSWgio
This is great.
Love the T.S. Eliot quote, too.
Awwww, thanks so much, and thanks for the embed! If I remember right, it was only the second one I ever made. :-) I hope AP gets to see it someday. One funny thing though, at the moment when he starts singing, "Take a left at the end of my street," the clip I used shows them taking a right. Ha!
The first thing I think about when watching this film is that Jimmy Stewart (Col. Stewart) had just just come off of five years of war time experience--the last two years flying bombing missions in his B-24 Liberator over Germany from a base at Old Buckenham, England (453rd Bombardment Group). Twenty recorded missions (half again as many off the book) in a profession where losses often exceeded 50% (Nearly 70% at the beginning of the war). He started It's A Wonderful Life after a short vacation at his parent's home. Being on set playing a character that had never left home, never faced death on a daily basis, must have seemed surreal to him. I wonder if he wished it could have been him. I can understand where he got the emotions he drew on in his performance. The real-life civilian concerns must have seemed silly to him. Or maybe he was looking for this kind of film to get his head straight. I wonder what kind of performance he would have given if he made the film pre-war.
He did say that it was his favorite film that he'd done. This article delves pretty deeply into what the film meant to him: http://www.guideposts.org/inspiration/inspirational-stories/jimmy-stewart-says-it-really-is-a-wonderful-lifeOf course, his military career continued on until Reagan eventually made him a Major General.
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