Monday, December 22, 2008

It's a Wonderful Life

A couple of years ago I was flying back from Sweden to California right before Christmas. On my second flight, from Chicago to California, I was surprised and a disappointed when they started showing an old black and white movie as the main feature movie. "Can't they afford new movies", I sighed to myself. I was tired and bored and decided to watch it, even though I wasn't in the mood for an old movie.

I kind of liked the movie - it's a cute little story about a man who loses everything and is on the verge of suicide on Christmas Eve, when his guardian angel shows up and show him how important he is to his family, friends and neighborhood.

It was only later that I realized that this is a very known "Christmas movie" and is shown around Christmas ever year (which made easier to understand that United Airlines would have it as their feature movie on a domestic flight right before Christmas). It actually wasn't originally made as being a "Christmas movie" and did pretty bad at the box office - but now is more of a cult movie that is seen around Christmas over here.

Here is the original trailer:


Christina said...

Love this movie and Jimmy Stewart, too. I've seen it countless times and even so, the scene with George and Clarence in the cemetery gets me every time.

Another movie that may not be a Christmas one (but that I've come to associate with the holiday) is Fanny and Alexander. My mother and I saw it here in CA when it was released and she had tears in her eyes, mouthing the words to all the old Christmas songs she sang as a child.

Anonymous said...

One of the best Christmas movies. Please tell me you have seen "A Christmas Story", another good one.


Anna, Fair and True said...

Jag har faktiskt inte sett den *skäms* men jag känner dock till den så hade nog förstått om det var jag på planet ;) Borde se den någon gång!

Anna, Fair and True said...

God jul skulle jag säga också!

JaCal said...

Christina - oh, Fanny and Alexander - I actually don't think I've seen that one since I was a kid - and way to young to really understand. I have to look for that one!

Anonymous - I don't think I have - have to catch that one too!

Anna - jag hade verkligen ingen aning. Tydligen får den bara visas två gånger per år - på NBC - och då går den på Christmas Eve här. Så inte ens här är den så lätt att se nuförtiden. God Jul!!