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Frank Capra Talk

Mr Capra Goes to Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of a New Deal Disciple

Nick Smedley | 2024 | 100 MINS
UK / USA
Film Talk

‘It Happened One Night’, one of the greatest romantic comedies of all time is back on the big screen this month and this talk will look back at the fascinating career of its celebrated director, Italian-American Frank Capra.

FROM 27 Apr

Date and Times

Sat 27 Apr
10:30
Auditorium

In Detail

Frank Capra is perhaps the director who most clearly articulated the ethos of Franklin Roosevelt’s 1930s New Deal, with classics like ‘Mr. Deeds Goes to Town’ and ‘It Happened One Night,’ (both screening this season).

Capra’s construct of the ‘little man’ who rejects wealth and power for the values of community and social justice was enormously influential, and his films more or less define Hollywood cinema of the pre-War period.

America in the anti-Communist post-War era meant that Capra’s relevance declined. His most famous 1940s film, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ flopped. Capra was no longer speaking to the hearts of the American people.

Hollywood historian Nick Smedley will lead our journey through the rise and fall of one of the key directors in American cinema, a spokesman for 1930s American liberalism. Full of clips from his famous, as well as his less well-known films, this promises to be hugely enjoyable, as well as informative.

100m inc 10m Q&A

Tickets £7.50

In the Auditorium


Frank Capra this season at New Park:
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT
MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN
FRANK CAPRA TALK

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