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Frank Capra, Robert Riskin and “Meet John Doe” Attacks American Fascism

One of my favorite filmmakers is the 1930s and 1940s American director Frank Capra. When I first watched his movies, I initially assumed Capra was a liberal. Frank Capra, though, was actually a conservative Republican. But during the 1930s he … Continue reading

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Senator Jeff Flake and Frank Capra’s Vision of a Democratic America

When I watched Senator Jeff Flake’s speech a few days ago, it reminded me of Frank Capra’s movie Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. Like Senator Flake, Frank Capra and his collaborators were worried about the threats to our democratic traditions … Continue reading

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Frank Capra and the American Ideal

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about It’s A Wonderful Life and it got me thinking about Frank Capra. Capra is one of my favorite filmmakers. His films are full of energy and fun, with appealing characters and … Continue reading

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Frank Capra and the Populist Film

One of the hallmarks of Christmas since I was a child has been watching It’s A Wonderful Life.  It’s a great film, one that makes me appreciative of my friends and family.  The director of It’s A Wonderful Life is … Continue reading

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