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All hail Pottersville!

I devoutly love It's A Wonderful Life (after double-digit viewings, I still tear up when George Bailey runs down the middle of the street, shouting "Merry Christmas!" to everyone he sees; the tone-deaf singing of "Auld Lang Syne" by Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed at the end makes me smile, not cringe; etc.) and yet I still can't help admire the contrarian view of Gary Kamiya, who hilariously argues for the roaring iniquity of Pottersville over the soporific Bedford Falls.
The gauzy Currier-and-Ives veil Capra drapes over Bedford Falls has prevented viewers from grasping what a tiresome and, frankly, toxic environment it is. When Marx penned his immortal words about "the idiocy of rural life," he probably had Bedford Falls in mind.
His interpretations of Bert the cabbie and Nick the bartender are particularly sharp.

(Via Boing Boing.)

November 27, 2012 in Film | Permalink