Saturday, December 24, 2011
Happy day before boxing day
Thank goodness It's a Wonderful Life is on tonight at 8 p.m. (NBC and CTV). I used to borrow a 16mm print of this film every year at this time from Richview Library in Etobicoke and show it to a gang in my parent's basement. The Frank Capra classic was over 30 years old then and another 30 years have gone by. It remains frozen in post-war America, yet it still says Christmas to me.
If they remade the film today, Uncle Billy would not have screwed up with that bank deposit--he would have deposited that eight grand on-line. Mary would not have looked all over Bedford Falls for George--she would have tracked him down on his cell phone. The Building and Loan would not be on the verge of collapse--it would have collapsed three years ago. George would not be worth more dead than alive--have you looked at a life insurance contract lately?
At the end, George would have been "liked" by a house full of Facebook friends, and Clarence would have tweeted that, every time a bell rings, an angel gets an iPad.
It's a wonderful eLife. May Zuzu's petals be found in all your pockets this holiday season. Merry Christmas.