Frank Capra

Frank Capra

Frank Capra was an American film director, producer and writer who became the creative force behind some of the major award-winning films of the 1930s and 1940s, winning three Oscars as Best Director. Born in Sicily, Capra immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of five and began in Hollywood in the silent era. Among his most successful films of the 30’s was his screwball comedy classic It Happened One Night (1934), which became the first film to win all five top Oscars, including Best Picture. It Happened One Night was an instant worldwide hit, certifying Clark Gable once and forever as a definite star and making use of Claudette Colbert’s comedic wit and timing, ultimately having its two polar opposites attract with a chemistry that has never been bettered. Capra made his most distinctive films in the Depression years of the 1930s and the wartime years of the 1940s, when America was shaken by uncertainty and found reassurance in films like You Can’t Take it With You (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1941). James Stewart and Gary Cooper played the quintessential Capraesque heroes, representing the definite idealistic underdog who rose to fight against political corruption and public tyranny. Many of the elements of democracy, patriotism, decency, values and faith have major explicit political undertones throughout much of Capra’s work. At the time critics were harsh on Capra’s overly sentimental, simplistic and preachy style (many called his films capracorn), but throughout the years audiences have gained a soft spot for his sweet and optimistic views on idealism. And yet some of his films from the 30’s and 40’s were not all civic lessons and would not easily fall under Capra’s ‘capracorn’ signature, including The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1932), Lost Horizon (1937) and Arsenic and the Old Lace (1944). During World War II, Capra served in the US Army Signal Corps and produced propaganda films, such as the Why We Fight series. After World War II Capra’s career declined as his later films, most famously his masterpiece It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), was not considered a successful film when it opened in 1946. The film’s rediscovery began in the 1970s, when public TV stations started using it as cheap Christmas-time programming because it was out of copyright and it costed them nothing. Now its considered one of the most popular films in American cinema and is as part of the American holiday season along with A Miracle on 34th St. and A Christmas Story. The term ‘Capracorn’ is used by today’s film critics as a word of both praise and criticism – praise when they agree with a film’s portrait of the common man standing up against the system, criticism if they think a film is too sentimental and corny. Frank Capra, who outlived his films by 30 years, was never able to understand the negative connotations of ‘Capracorn,’ and perhaps that was one source of his strength as a director.



Frank Capra
Frank Capra Featured Films
Availability of Frank Capra movie memorabilia for sale changes daily. The products and pricing shown below are current as of: Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019
Frank Capra
LOST HORIZON 1948 Re Release Lobby Card  Frank Capra Movie  Ronald Colman
lost horizon 1948 re release lobby card frank capra movie ronald colman
$37.63
LOST HORIZON 1948 Re Release Lobby Card Frank Capra Movie Ronald Colman
lost horizon 1948 re release lobby card frank capra movie ronald colman
$30.10
Katharine Hepburn Director Frank Capra VINTAGE Photo State Of The Union
katharine hepburn director frank capra vintage photo state of the union
$69.99
James Stewart and Frank Capra two signed first day covers
james stewart and frank capra two signed first day covers
$89.99
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE FRANK CAPRA CARY GRANT PRISCILLA LANE MOVIE POSTER
arsenic and old lace frank capra cary grant priscilla lane movie poster
$180.00
A HOLE IN THE HEAD pressbook Frank Capra Frank Sinatra Eleanor Parker
a hole in the head pressbook frank capra frank sinatra eleanor parker
$39.95
Arsenic and Old Lace 1944 Cary Grant Frank Capra Belgium Movie Poster
arsenic and old lace 1944 cary grant frank capra belgium movie poster
$265.00
GARY COOPER VINTAGE 8X10 PHOTO 1936 FRANK CAPRAS MR DEEDS GOES TO TOWN
gary cooper vintage 8x10 photo 1936 frank capras mr deeds goes to town
$49.99
FRANK CAPRA PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED
frank capra photograph signed
$510.00
MR SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON 1939 JIMMY STEWART FILM REVIEW FRANK CAPRA
mr smith goes to washington 1939 jimmy stewart film review frank capra
$39.00
M40 MANIFESTO 4F ANGELS WITH THE GUN GLENN FORD BETTE DAVIS FRANK CAPRA
m40 manifesto 4f angels with the gun glenn ford bette davis frank capra
$62.63
FRANK CAPRA INSCRIBED ORIGINAL ART SIGNED CO SIGNED BY JOHN RAITT
frank capra inscribed original art signed co signed by john raitt
$595.00

« Previous12345...89

Products previously bought from this site:
pocketful of miracles new pal arthouse dvd frank capra glenn ford, 2dvds gary cooperbarbara stanwyckball of fire 1941frank capras meet john doe, james stewart vintage 8x10 photo frank capras mr smith goes to washington, 8b2015151 edward g robinson carolyn jones frank sinatra capra cut birthday cake, frank capras its a wonderful life james stewart donna reed original uncut vhs, vintage world war 2 ww2 12 vhs tape set frank capras award winning documentary, frank capra autograph on card, its wonderful lifer55jimmy stewartdonna reedfrank capra classicrare 11x17, 767627 director frank capra ronald colman behind the scenes lost horizon 76762, 767627 director frank capra ronald colman behind the scenes lost horizon, 1937 lost horizon frank capra original movie release vintage print ad, frank capra sydney pollack milos forman oscar winning directors autographed, the battle of china vhs wwii frank capra new sealed combined shipping, its a wonderful life vhs james stewart henry travers; frank capra, frank capra signed 8x10 vintage portrait photo , 1962 frank capras pocketfull of miracles one sheet movie poster bette davis , why we fight wwii documentary by frank capra 2 dvd set volume 1 , a salute to frank capra frank capra the tenth annual american film 1982 282338, frank capras its a wonderful life original uncut version vhs new, world war ii5 dvd box setby frank capra 10 hoursaward winning, r90s lady for a day frank capra may robson large french movie poster, us 4669 great film directors frank capra dcp fdc 2012, us 4669 great film directors frank capra forever single mnh 2012, frank capra iawl its a wonderful life director autograph hand signed fdc, vhs movie why we fight frank capra, frank capra collection dvd 2006 6disc set, frank capras lost horizon vhs 1989 ronald colman jane wyatt rare classic, frank capras world war ii why we fight vhs complete collectors 5 series nice, why we fight frank capra w collectors box 7hrs blk wht 7 cassette vhs series, frank capras world war ii vhs collection7 tapesfree shipping, life czechoslovakia munich agreement james farley frank capra sept 1938, frank capras 5 movie documentary about ww2, frank capras why we fight ww ii collectors edition clamshell brand new vhs, mr smith goes to washington bluray disc 1939 mister frank capra jean arthur, frank capra or charles buddy rogers behind the scenes silent film still, why we fight dvds frank capra complete series 8 disc brand new rare topics ent, frank capra world war ii divide and conquer v h s , columbia mr smith goes to washington james stewart jean arthur frank capra, frank capra you cant take it with you 1938 classic dvd, the frank capra collection its a wonderful life mr smith goes cd eqln, vhs film frank capras why we fight the winning of world war ii 6hour sealed, four vhs frank capra wwii videos britain america china prelude to war, here is germany frank capra new free ship, attack battle for new britain classic wwii documentary by frank capra new, the premiere frank capra collection new sealed 6 dvd set, glenn ford frank capra pocketful of miracles 1961 vint orig photo smoking cigar, bitter tea of general yen mod bluray bdr frank capra barbara stanwyck like new, lost horizon dvd ronald colman frank capra, us stamp frank capra director it happened one night clark gable , pearl harbor december 7 1941 commemorative edition 5pack 2001 by frank capra, the bitter tea of general yen vhs frank capra barbara stanwyck 1993 b, frank capras world war ii why we fight 7 vhs tapes new in box, lost horizon 2 lobby card movie poster frank capras ronald colman, the new encore cinema theater 1978 film schedule 6 greta garbo frank capra, 204805 frank sinatra frank capra hole in the head 204805 204805, 204811 frank capra jean arthur you cant take it with you 204811 204811, 204810 jimmy stewart jean arthur frank capra mr smith goes to washington 20481

Other Films and Movie Memorabilia Visitors Were Searching For...
capra directs stewart, old hollywood photos public domain, director frank of classic films, ebay platinum blonde jean harlow reissue lobbycard 1950, frank capra, frank capra the name above the title, Name the name of the character played by James Stewart in Frank Capra’s 1946 classic Christmas film ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’?, 


Copyright © 2019 — Classic Art Films — All Rights Reserved