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Frank Capra's Vision For It's A Wonderful Life Called For A New Kind Of On-Screen Snow

12 days ago   |   By Slash Film

There are lots of things that people take for granted, and one of them is snow. Because snow is a miracle. Maybe not the old-fashioned cold stuff that floats down every year when it gets too chilly. A great many of us have had to shovel a frozen walkway and chip away at the ice on our windshields, so we could be forgiven for not being sentimental about that. But motion picture snow. Oh wow, that's the good stuff. The thing about motion picture snow is, it was a real pain in the butt to invent it. It's not like real snow was in abundance in the golden age of cinema, when films were largely...
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It's A Wonderful Life's Massive Set Was Far From A Winter Wonderland

It's A Wonderful Life's Massive Set Was Far From A Winter Wonderland

12 days ago   |   By Slash Film

If a character in a film or TV show is watching a Christmas movie, chances are it is Frank Capra's "It's A Wonderful Life." It crops up all over the place , which begs the question: Why not "Miracle on 34th Street" or " Home Alone ," or any one of a dozen other festive classics? It's probably down to the instant-recognition factor. A fortunate lapse of copyright meant that TV networks could show it for free, helping it attain a level of ubiquity that other Christmas movies can only dream of. Notably, when clips of the film appear in other media, it is often kind of just "on" rather than...
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