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Film, Condensation Nation

Condensation Nation

As one of what novelist Stephen King calls his Constant Readers, I was as jazzed as every other monster-lovin' geek when word came that filmmaker Frank Darabont was making a movie of King's classic novella, The Mist. Cynics suggested that…
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Culture, Encore

Also Playing

It's a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play. Since premiering in 1996, Joe Landry's "live radio play" adaptation of the 1946 movie classic It's a Wonderful Life has become popular among theater companies around the country. But if Actors Theatre's enthusiastic…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr2006@yahoo.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to sfweekly.com.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Or It Could Have Been Awful

Or It Could Have Been Awful

For thousands of people around the country, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the eggnog-induced rerun of It's a Wonderful Life. But those of us wishing to put a little space between ourselves and Frank Capra's feel-good tale of Christian salvation…
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Culture, Stage Turn the Dial

Turn the Dial

Perhaps it's because I'm not a native of this country, but I'll never understand why It's a Wonderful Life has become such a Christmas television staple. There's no denying that Everyman George Bailey's journey of self-discovery has its mawkish side.…
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Film, Reel World

Wagon Master

Wagon Master John Ford directed more than 140 films and produced another 70; his place in movie history is secure. But the filmmaker's contribution to American culture hasn't been properly acknowledged, asserts Joseph McBride, author of a painstakingly researched biography,…
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Music, It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life

Meet Jim Greer, one of the most sincere, idealistic, and committed people you're likely to come across in the music business. Much like the hero in the Frank Capra movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Greer just recently came to…
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Second Time Around

Platinum Blonde This 1931 proto-screwball comedy places hard-boiled newsman Stew Smith (Robert Williams) in the luxurious lap of millionaire heiress Jean Harlow, a cushy fate the "Cinderella Man" lives to regret. Co-writer Robert Riskin and director Frank Capra were to…
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Second Time Around

Washington Merry-Go-Round Fast-talking Lee Tracy plays a descendent of Founding Father Button Gwinett who's shoved into Congress by a corrupt gang in this startling Depression-era feature of 1932. Finding the political institutions too far gone to be salvageable, Tracy orchestrates…
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Second Time Around

Lost Horizon The Castro Theater's Frank Capra series concludes with his audacious film of James Hilton's novel Lost Horizon, certainly the most ambitious attempt at realizing a utopian society ever made by a Hollywood filmmaker. A yearning for a magical…
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Second Time Around

Capra at the Castro This is the second week of the Castro Theater's centennial tribute to Frank Capra, an impressive ensemble with a new double bill daily. A parallel, even larger series is ongoing at the Stanford in Palo Alto.…
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Second Time Around

Frank Capra's American Dream Not the sappy populist of legend, Frank Capra, rather, was a demon-driven visionary who like a modern Rumpelstiltskin spun a golden America out of wishes, dreams, and straws in the wind. Kenneth Bowser's documentary, exec-produced by…
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