Technically I should have picked The Best Year of Our Lives here. Since that film actually is the film that represents 1946. But fuck it. Sometimes iconography wins out.
This film just represents cinema, and happens to have been released in 1946. Same with Citizen Kane. It’s not the year, it’s the film. And sometimes you just have to go with the film.
But make no mistake, the film that actually does represent 1946 is The Best Year of Our Lives.
Aside from that, this is a movie you cannot argue with. It’s… a wonderful movie.
The real interesting thing about this film is that it’s the last time Frank Capra achieved perfection. And maybe even the only time. All his other movies are really good… It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, You Can’t Take It With You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington… only Mr. Smith gets even close to true perfection But this film really is just a perfect entity, to the point where we all watch it every year at 8 o’clock on Christmas Eve on NBC. It’s just what we do. (more…)