After being unsuccessful in getting the story published, he decided to make it into a Christmas card, and mailed copies to family and friends in December Capra produced the film with his independent motion picture production company Liberty Films. Dalton Trumbo had written a draft that was different from the final film. In Trumbo's draft, George Bailey is an idealistic politician that slowly grows more cynical as the story progresses, then tries to commit suicide after losing an election.
His most-beloved films, many of which were made during the Great Depressionwere patriotic, sentimental celebrations of virtuous everymen who selflessly speak truth to power in pursuit of the common good.
After graduating in from the California Institute of Technology with a degree in chemical engineeringCapra received a Reserve Officer Training Corps commission and spent the last year of World War I teaching mathematics in the U. For the next two years he traveled, doing odd jobs and working as a book salesman.
Capra then took a job with a San Francisco film studio and began learning about filmmaking from the ground up, working as film cutter, camera assistant, property man, writer, and assistant director. Inafter directing Claudette Colbert in her unremarkable debut for the studio First National, For the Love of MikeCapra began his long association with Columbia Pictures and its head, Harry Cohnas well as with cinematographer Joseph Walker.
During his first year at Columbia, Capra directed seven silent features, mostly on B-film budgets: In it she played a gold digger reformed by her love for a sensitive painter. Forbidden found Stanwyck again a victim of cruel fate; this time, as a woman in love with a married man, she is forced to become a murderer.
In American Madness a compassionate bank president played by Walter Huston tries to stem the tide of Depression-panicked customers making a run on his beleaguered institution.
Stanwyck starred as a missionary in civil-war-torn Shanghai; she becomes the unwilling guest of a Chinese warlord Nils Astherwho falls hopelessly in love with her. A charming comedy with a touching payoff, Lady for a Day was nominated for an Academy Award as best picture. Capra, who was also nominated as best director, would refashion the material less successfully in as Pocketful of Miracles.
The making of this enduring romantic comedy about a runaway heiress Claudette Colbert and the brash newspaper reporter Clark Gable who tracks her down and falls for her became familiar Hollywood lore.
Colbert was on loan from Paramount. The chemistry of the their performances was electric and resulted in one of the best-loved movies of the s.
Warner Baxter starred as a businessman who, with encouragement from his sister-in-law-turned-love-interest Myrna Loyquits his job to try to turn a broken-down racehorse into a winner.
After suffering from an undiagnosed burst appendix that had threatened his life, Capra returned to the screen in with Mr. Deeds Goes to Towna smash hit that became one of the three or four films with which he is most closely identified. Deeds is a David -versus- Goliath populist fable.
When Deeds decides to give the money to the less fortunate, his sanity is questioned. Capra received his second Academy Award for best director for Mr.
Deeds, which was nominated for best picture. Deeds Goes to Towndirected by Frank Capra. Warnerthe lovely Sondra Jane Wyattand the dying high lama Sam Jaffewho wants the diplomat to take his place.
It would take a number of years and many reissues for the film to finally make a profit. Arthur, James StewartLionel Barrymoreand Edward Arnold starred in this madcap portrait of an extremely unconventional family. Columbia had given Capra an uncommon amount of freedom which he might not have had at a larger studio as a producer-director who oversaw his own production unit within the studio.Frank Russell Capra was an Italian American film director, producer and writer who became the creative force behind some of the major award-winning films of.
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Frank Capra is a celebrated Italian-American director known for films like It's a Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Francesco Rosario Capra was born on May 18, , in Bisacquino Born: May 18, View the profiles of people named Frank Capra. Join Facebook to connect with Frank Capra and others you may know.
Facebook gives people the power to. Notes. Credited as Frank R. Capra on early films "It Happened One Night" () was the first film to win Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Screenplay.