L.S. Klepp
March 19, 1993 AT 05:00 AM EST

Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Joseph McBride
genre
Biography, Movies

We gave it an A-

Joseph McBride’s biography, Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success, argues that Capra’s movies (It’s a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night) were actually darker, his motives far gnarlier than careless viewers realize. There was wormwood under all that corn syrup: If he was so upbeat, why do so many of his characters attempt suicide? A-

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