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20 “It’s a Wonderful Life” (with John DiLeo and Susie Kemple)

December 21, 2018

Merry Christmas! Sean Kilby is back with a special present for you: an extra-long episode featuring his favorite Christmas movie! This week he's joined by John DiLeo and Susie Kemple to discuss It's a Wonderful Life.

Although it was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar in 1947, this movie was largely forgotten until 1976 when it fell into public domain and began playing on national television each year (free of charge). This led to a new audience falling in love with the film all over again. Since that time, it has continued to hold its place as perhaps the most beloved Christmas movie of all. But what makes this movie so special? And why was it not appreciated in its own time? Film Historian John DiLeo offers us a better understanding of the world of film at the time this movie came out. Meanwhile, Sean and Susie share some of their favorite moments from a film they've both seen more times than they can count. We discuss which elements of the movie hold up best and which simply don't hold up at all. Plus, Sean shares his list of theories and unanswered questions from a film that came out 72 years ago this week.

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