Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Capra, Frank

(1897-1991) Italian-born US movie director and producer (occasionally screenwriter) who has become identified with a particular strand of feelgood movies, but whose range was in fact far wider than this. His first movie was a short, Fultah Fisher's Boarding House (1922). Of his 40-plus features, the two of greatest fantasy interest are Lost Horizon (1937) and It's a Wonderful Life (1946). Of associational note is It Happened One Night (1934), which instigated the Hollywood screwball-movie tradition and cheerfully veers into something near fantasy. FC's charm and whimsy were viewed, by the time of his last movie, Pocketful of Miracles (1961), as mere syrup; but more recently his undoubted virtues have become again appreciated. [JG]

Frank R Capra


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