Thursday, September 9, 2010

"You Can't Take It With You"

Yesterday I introduced to you one of my passions:
Good Movies.

I have decided to go one step further and share with you some of my favourites.  Maybe you are not familiar with some of the movie titles.  There is nothing worse than flipping the channels on the TV or walking the aisles of the DVD store wondering what is good and what is awful.

Today let's go back to the year 1938 to a film entitled 
You Can't Take It With You.  It stars Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart and Edward Arnold.  AND is directed by the wonderful Frank Capra.
(I'm a big Capra fan - Capra films usually carry a definite message about the basic goodness of human nature and show the value of unselfishness and hard work. His wholesome, feel-good themes have led some to term his style Capra-corn)

Overview:  At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before you realize that if they are mad, then the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. Tony, the attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore house on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by Mr. and Mrs. Kirby, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. The Sycamores find it hard to understand Alice's view. Tony knows the Sycamores live the right way with love and care for each other, while his own family is the one that's crazy. In the end, Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores after he happens in during a visit by the ex-Grand Duchess of Russia, Olga Katrina, who is currently earning her living as a waitress.

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