It Wasn't Exactly A Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life is a classic Christmas-time movie and an icon of Hollywood’s golden era, but not in the rose-tinted sense director Frank Capra intended. The story of a small-town family man brought to the brink of suicide suddenly turns into a harrowing drama that draws heavily on the style of film noir. Perhaps it’s time to reexamine It’s a Wonderful Life as more than a feel-good festive movie.