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Deeds Goes to Town , Mr. They are all classics and products of superb craftsmanship, but they gave rise to the canard of "Capra-corn.
Capra was no Pollyanna, and the man who was called a "dago" by Mack Sennett and who went on to become one of the most unique, highly honored and successful directors, whose depictions of America are considered Americana themselves, did not live his cinematic life looking through a rose-colored range-finder In his autobiography "The Name Above the Title," Capra says that at the time of American Madness , critics began commenting on his "gee-whiz" style of filmmaking.
The critics attacked "gee whiz" cultural artifacts as their fabricators "wander about wide-eyed and breathless, seeing everything as larger than life.
Up-beat" and "Mr. Down-beat," Capra defended the up-beat gee whiz on the grounds that, "To some of us, all that meets the eye IS larger than life, including life itself.
Who ca match the wonder of it? Capra pointed to Moses and the apostles as examples of men who were larger than life. Capra was proud to be "Mr.
Up-beat" rather than belong to "the 'ashcan' school" whose "films depict life as an alley of cats clawing lids off garbage cans, and man as less noble than a hyena.
The 'ash-canners,' in turn, call us Pollyannas, mawkish sentimentalists, and corny happy-enders. While Ambassador to the Court of St. James, Joseph P.
Kennedy had asked Harry Cohn to stop exporting Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to Europe as it portrayed American democracy so negatively. About Mr.
Up-beat and Mr-Downbeat and "Mr. In-between," Capra says, "We all respect and admire each other because the great majority freely express their own individual artistry unfettered by subsidies or strictures from government, pressure groups, or ideologists.
Some cine-historians call Capra the great American propagandist, he was so effective in creating an indelible impression of America in the s.
His "Why We Fight" series of propaganda films were highly lauded for their remarkable craftsmanship and were the best of the U.
Capra's philosophy, which has been variously described as a kind of Christian socialism his films frequently feature a male protagonist who can be seen a Christ figure in a story about redemption emphasizing New Testament values that is best understood as an expression of humanism, made him an ideal propagandist.
He loved his adopted country with the fervor of the immigrant who had realized the American dream. One of his propaganda films, The Negro Soldier , is a milestone in race relations.
Capra, a genius in the manipulation of the first form of "mass media," was opposed to "massism. In an interview, Capra said he was against "mass entertainment, mass production, mass education, mass everything.
Especially mass man. I was fighting for, in a sense, the preservation of the liberty of the individual person against the mass.
Smith" and formed his own production company. Though Capra received his sixth Oscar nomination as best director, the movie flopped at the box office, which is hard to believe now that the film is considered must-see viewing each Christmas.
Capra's period of greatness was over, and after making three under-whelming films from to '51 including a remake of his earlier Broadway Bill , Capra didn't direct another picture for eight years, instead making a series of memorable semi-comic science documentaries for television that became required viewing for most 's school kids.
His last two movies, A Hole in the Head and Pocketful of Miracles his remake of Lady for a Day did little to enhance his reputation.
But a great reputation it was, and is. Capra's films withstood the test of time and continue to be as beloved as when they were embraced by the movie-going "masses" in the s.
It was the craftsmanship: Capra was undeniably a master of his medium. The great English novelist Graham Greene, who supported himself as a film critic in the s, loved Capra's films due to their sense of responsibility and of common life, and due to his connection with his audience.
Capra, according to the "Time" article, believed that what he liked would be liked by moviegoers. In his review of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town , Greene elucidated the central theme of Capra's movies: "Goodness and simplicity manhandled in a deeply selfish and brutal world.
Comparing Capra to Dickens in a not wholly flattering review of You Can't Take It with You , Green found Capra "a rather muddled and sentimental idealist who feels -- vaguely -- that something is wrong with the social system" Commenting on the improbable scene in which Grandpa Vanderhof persuades the munitions magnate Anthony P.
Kirby to give everything up and play the harmonica, Greene stated: "It sounds awful, but it isn't as awful as all that, for Capra has a touch of genius with a camera: his screen always seems twice as big as other people's, and he cuts as brilliantly as Eisenstein the climax when the big bad magnate takes up his harmonica is so exhilarating in its movement that you forget its absurdity.
Humour and not wit is his line, a humor that shades off into whimsicality, and a kind of popular poetry which is apt to turn wistful.
We may groan and blush as he cuts his way remorselessly through all finer values to the fallible human heart, but infallibly he makes his appeal - to that great soft organ with its unreliable goodness and easy melancholy and baseless optimism.
The cinema, a popular craft, can hardly be expected to do more. The immigrant who had struggled and been humiliated but persevere due to his inner resolution harnessed the mytho-poetic power of the movie to create proletarian passion plays that appealed to the psyche of the New Deal movie-goer.
The country during the Depression was down but not out, and the ultimate success of the individual in the Capra films was a bracing tonic for the movie audience of the s.
His own personal history, transformed on the screen, became their myths that got them through the Depression, and when that and the war was over, the great filmmaker found himself out of time.
Capra, like Charles Dickens , moralized political and economic issues. Both were primarily masters of personal and moral expression, and not of the social and political.
It was the emotional realism, not the social realism, of such films as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington , which he was concerned with, and by focusing on the emotional and moral issues his protagonists faced, typically dramatized as a conflict between cynicism and the protagonist's faith and idealism, that made the movies so powerful, and made them register so powerfully with an audience.
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Studied electrical engineering at CalTech, and only began working in films as a temporary summer job. Father of Frank Capra Jr.
September 16, , and Tom Capra b. February 12, Family lived in Fallbrook, CA. He got his first film assignment by answering an ad in a Los Angeles newspaper.
Critics dubbed his movies as "Capra-corn" for their simple and sappy storylines. Was voted the 9th Greatest Director of all time by "Entertainment Weekly".
Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. New York: The H. Wilson Company, When he was nominated for his first Best Director Oscar in for Lady for a Day , presenter Will Rogers merely opened the envelope and said "Come and get it, Frank!
His father, Turiddu, died in a horrible factory accident in When the aging man was working some gears, he got caught in the gears and was nearly ripped in half.
Emigrated to America with his parents in They settled in Los Angeles, where his older brother was already living. Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in Had a son, Johnny, who died in , at age 3, from complications arising from a tonsillectomy.
Claimed that both Barbara Stanwyck and Frank Sinatra "left their best scenes in rehearsal," saying that all subsequent takes got stale quickly.
Capra would often shoot scenes with them without any rehearsing at all. This used to drive the other actors nuts. Edward G. Robinson once stormed off the set of A Hole in the Head and asked to be let out of his contract because he was used to rehearsing all his roles.
Said Jean Arthur would get real tense and often become violently sick before shooting began. However, he said she always managed to compose herself when the cameras started to roll and acted as though nothing was wrong.
Claimed that Frank Sinatra had the potential to be the best actor there ever was. He once told Frank to quit his musical career and concentrate solely on acting and that if he did he would go down as the greatest actor who ever lived.
They are: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington at 5, and the most uplifting movie of all time, It's a Wonderful Life Heavily influenced friend Thomas R.
Was originally supposed to write and direct Circus World but quit the project when star John Wayne rejected Capra's script and instead insisted it be written by his old friend, James Edward Grant.
Although most of his films were written by individuals on the political left who tended to exude the spirit of the New Deal, Capra himself was a lifelong conservative Republican who never voted for President Franklin D.
Edgar Hoover. Walker, D. Johnson, eds. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, Volume 3, , pages New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, A staunch opponent of abortion and donated funds to support the Human Life Amendment.
His location plot is Lot , Unit 8, Block Among many unrealized projects in his long career, one to which he was especially devoted was a film about the life of Saint Paul , to star Frank Sinatra.
The director selected "Soviet," the story of an American engineer building a dam in Russia. Mayer to cancel the production but MGM made good on the payment and the loan-out.
About Ladies of Leisure with a very young Barbara Stanwyck , Capra later wrote that he would have married her if both of them had been free at the time.
Columbia Pictures boss Harry Cohn was notorious for coming on the set and trying to override directors' decisions--usually for monetary reasons--so when Capra won his first Oscar, he re-negotiated his contract with Columbia and insisted on a proviso that forbade Cohn from appearing on the set of any film Capra was making for Columbia.
He got it. Smith Goes to Washington The only director to receive more consecutive Best Picture nominations is William Wyler at seven.
Behind every successful man there stands an astonished woman. My advice to young filmmakers is this: Don't follow trends.
Start them! I thought drama was when the actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries. There are no rules in filmmaking.
Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness. And a wiggly figure. But to me sex is class, something more than a wiggly behind.
If it weren't, I know whores who would be stars. Film is a disease. When it infects your bloodstream, it takes over as the number one hormone; it bosses the enzymes; directs the pineal gland; plays Iago to your psyche.
As with heroin, the antidote to film is more film. I always wanted to know why, why. Pictures changed my mind. I was too far along in the movie business.
But when I go back to Caltech now and hear about things I'm not familiar with, like black holes, goddamn! I get mad.
How the hell I ever refused that I don't know. But it seems like motion pictures have a terrible hold on me. I don't know what it is.
Do not help the quick moneymakers who have delusions about taking possession of classics by smearing them with paint. In our film profession you may have [ Clark Gable 's] looks, [ Spencer Tracy 's] art, [ Marlene Dietrich 's] legs or [ Elizabeth Taylor 's] violet eyes, but they don't mean a thing without that swinging thing called courage.
Carried his own hill with him, I tell you. They weren't butterflies in her stomach. They were wasps. There is one word that aptly describes Hollywood--"nervous".
Challenged my slaphappy way of shooting scenes. Fussed constantly. She was a tartar, but a cute one. The film has a life of its own now, and I can look at it like I had nothing to do with it.
I'm like a parent whose kid grows up to be President. Know Your Enemy: Japan. Two Down and One to Go. It's a Wonderful Life. State of the Union. Here Comes the Groom.
Bell Laboratories. Hemo the Magnificent. Pocketful of Miracles. Best Actress for May Robson nom. Best Actor for Gary Cooper nom. Best Supporting Actor for H.
Warner nom. Best Supporting Actress for Spring Byington nom. Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The Battle of Russia. Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature nom.
Best Actor for James Stewart nom. Best Supporting Actor for Peter Falk nom. Born: May 18 , in Bisacquino, Sicily, Italy.
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Frank Capra Account OptionsNeed For Speed Kinox wird Frank Capra positive Geschichte in einem negativen Umfeld gezeigt, etwa die Liebesgeschichte Gestüt Hochstetten Folge 4 Es geschah in einer Nacht mitten zwischen verbitterten, von der Great Depression gezeichneten Menschen. General George C. Als er mit seiner Mutter und seinen Geschwistern in ihrer Wohnung lebte, war er zwar das einzige Familienmitglied mit einem College-Abschluss, allerdings auch das einzige ohne festes Einkommen. Trotz dieser eigentlich komischen Handlung zeigt Capra also ebenso die Probleme der amerikanischen Durchschnittsbürger in der Weltwirtschaftskrise auf. Philip Doren Stern 4. Der Film Wahnsinns exzellente Kritiken und war auch beim Publikum erfolgreich. Capra schloss sein Studium im Chemieingenieurwesen im Frühling ab. Lanham, MD: Doki Doki Press, Those crummy Academy voters; Stadtmauerfest Freinsheim 2019 hell with their lousy awards. Riskin wrote nine screenplays for Capra, and Capra based four other films on Riskin's work. Army staff, Marshall approached Capra: "Colonel Capra, how did you do it? Best Documentary. None of the guilds had been recognized as bargaining agents by the studios, and it was argued to grace the Rupture Awards would give the Academy, a company union, recognition. What he felt was his greatest innovation was to boost the pacing of the acting in the film by a third by making a scene that would normally play in one minute take only 40 seconds. On the set he was said to be gentle and considerate, "a Frank Capra who displays absolutely no exhibitionism. Lady for a Day was the favorite Capra film of John Fordthe great filmmaker who once directed the unknown extra.
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Capra, who was also nominated as best director, would refashion the material less successfully in as Pocketful of Miracles.
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During his first year with Columbia, Capra directed nine films, some of which were successful. After the first few, Harry Cohn said: "it was the beginning of Columbia making a better quality of pictures.
I owed Cohn a lot—I owed him my whole career. So I had respect for him, and a certain amount of love. Despite his crudeness and everything else, he gave me my chance.
He took a gamble on me. Capra directed his first "real" sound picture, The Younger Generation , in It was a rags-to-riches romantic comedy about a Jewish family's upward mobility in New York City, with their son later trying to deny his Jewish roots to keep his rich, gentile girlfriend.
That scene, notes McBride, "echoes the shame Capra admitted feeling toward his own family as he rose in social status. In many of Capra's films, the wise-cracking and sharp dialogue was often written by Riskin, and he and Capra went on to become Hollywood's "most admired writer-director team.
Capra's films in the s enjoyed immense success at the Academy Awards. Written by Robert Riskin , it is one of the first of the screwball comedies , and with its release in the Great Depression , critics considered it an escapist story and a variation of the American Dream.
The film has been called " picaresque. He followed the film with Broadway Bill , a screwball comedy about horse racing.
The film was a turning point for Capra, however, as he began to conceive an additional dimension to his movies.
He started using his films to convey messages to the public. Capra explains his new thinking:. My films must let every man, woman, and child know that God loves them, that I love them, and that peace and salvation will become a reality only when they all learn to love each other.
This added goal was inspired after meeting with a Christian Scientist friend who told him to view his talents in a different way:. The talents you have, Mr.
Capra, are not your own, not self-acquired. God gave you those talents; they are his gifts to you, to use for his purpose. Capra began to embody messages in subsequent films, many of which conveyed "fantasies of goodwill.
Critic Alistair Cooke observed that Capra was "starting to make movies about themes instead of people. In addition to his three directing wins, Capra received directing nominations for three other films Lady for a Day , Mr.
On May 5, , Capra hosted the 8th Academy Awards ceremony. Smith Goes to Washington , which most represented the "Capra myth.
The film, however, became Capra's most controversial. In his research before filming, he was able to stand close to President Franklin D.
Roosevelt during a press conference after the recent acts of war by Germany in Europe. Capra recalls his fears:. And panic hit me. Japan was slicing up the colossus of China piece by piece.
Nazi panzers had rolled into Austria and Czechoslovakia; their thunder echoed over Europe. England and France shuddered. The Russian bear growled ominously in the Kremlin.
The black cloud of war hung over the chancelleries of the world. Official Washington from the President down, was in the process of making hard, torturing decisions.
Wasn't this the most untimely time for me to make a film about Washington? When the filming was completed, the studio sent preview copies to Washington.
Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. Kennedy wrote to President Roosevelt that, "In foreign countries this film must inevitably strengthen the mistaken impression that the United States is full of graft , corruption and lawlessness.
The more uncertain are the people of the world, the more their hard-won freedoms are scattered and lost in the winds of chance, the more they need a ringing statement of America's democratic ideals.
The soul of our film would be anchored in Lincoln. Our Jefferson Smith would be a young Abe Lincoln, tailored to the rail-splitter's simplicity, compassion, ideals, humor, and unswerving moral courage under pressure.
Capra pleaded with Cohn to allow the film to go into distribution and remembers the intensity of their decision making:.
Harry Cohn paced the floor, as stunned as Abraham must have been when the Lord asked him to sacrifice his beloved son Isaac.
Cohn and Capra chose to ignore the negative publicity and demands and released the film as planned. It was later nominated for 11 Academy Awards, only winning one for Best Original Story partly because of the number of major pictures that were nominated that year was 10, including The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind.
The significance of the film's message was established further in France, shortly after World War II began.
When the French public was asked to select which film they wanted to see most, having been told by the Vichy government that soon no more American films would be allowed in France, the overwhelming majority chose it over all others.
To a France soon to be invaded and occupied by Nazi forces, the film most expressed the "perseverance of democracy and the American way. The film's hero, played by Gary Cooper , is a former baseball player now bumming around, lacking goals.
He is selected by a news reporter to represent the " common man ," to capture the imagination of ordinary Americans.
The film was released shortly before America became involved in World War II, and citizens were still in an isolationist mood.
According to some historians, the film was made to convey a "deliberate reaffirmation of American values," though ones that seemed uncertain with respect to the future.
Film author Richard Glazer speculates that the film may have been autobiographical, "reflecting Capra's own uncertainties.
Meet John Doe , then, was an attempt to work out his own fears and questions. Within four days after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, , Capra quit his successful directing career in Hollywood and received a commission as a major in the United States Army.
He also gave up his presidency of the Screen Directors Guild. Being 44 years of age, he was not asked to enlist, but, notes Friedman, "Capra had an intense desire to prove his patriotism to his adopted land.
I had a guilty conscience. In my films I championed the cause of the gentle, the poor, the downtrodden. Yet I had begun to live like the Aga Khan.
The curse of Hollywood is big money. It comes so fast it breeds and imposes its own mores, not of wealth, but of ostentation and phony status.
During the next four years of World War II , Capra's job was to head a special section on morale to explain to soldiers "why the hell they're in uniform", writes Capra, and were not "propaganda" films like those created by the Nazis and Japan.
Capra directed or co-directed seven documentary war information films. Capra was assigned to work directly under Chief of Staff George C. Marshall , the most senior officer in command of the Army, who later created the Marshall Plan and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.
Marshall chose to bypass the usual documentary film-making department, Signal Corps , because he felt they were not capable of producing "sensitive and objective troop information films.
You were the answer to the General's prayer You see, Frank, this idea about films to explain "why" the boys are in uniform is General Marshall's own baby, and he wants the nursery right next to his Chief of Staff's office.
Now, Capra, I want to nail down with you a plan to make a series of documented, factual-information films—the first in our history—that will explain to our boys in the Army why we are fighting, and the principles for which we are fighting You have an opportunity to contribute enormously to your country and the cause of freedom.
Are you aware of that, sir? After he completed the first few documentaries, government officials and U.
Army staff felt they were powerful messages and excellent presentations of why it was necessary for the United States to fight in the war.
All footage came from military and government sources, whereas during earlier years, many newsreels secretly used footage from enemy sources.
Animated charts were created by Walt Disney and his animators. A number of Hollywood composers wrote the background music, including Alfred Newman and Russian-born composer Dimitri Tiomkin.
After the first complete film was viewed by General Marshall along with U. Army staff, Marshall approached Capra: "Colonel Capra, how did you do it?
That is a most wonderful thing. Officials made efforts to see that the films were seen in theaters throughout the U.
They were translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese for use by other countries. Winston Churchill ordered that all of them be shown to the British public in theaters.
The Why We Fight series is widely considered a masterpiece of war information documentaries, and won an Academy Award.
When his career ended, Capra regarded these films as his most important works. Their studio became the first independent company of directors since United Artists in whose goal was to make films without interference by studio bosses.
However, the only pictures completed by the studio were It's a Wonderful Life and State of the Union While the film did not resonate with audiences in , its popularity has grown through the years.
It would become Capra's last film to win major acclaim—his successful years were now behind him, although he directed five more films over the next 14 years.
For State of the Union , Capra changed studios. It would be the only time he ever worked for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Although the project had an excellent pedigree with stars Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn , the film was not a success, and Capra's statement, "I think State of the Union was my most perfect film in handling people and ideas" has few adherents today.
In January , the U. Ambassador to India asked Capra to represent the U. A State Department friend of Capra asked him and explained why his trip would be important:.
Bowles has asked for you. I want Capra. His name is big here, and I've heard he's quick on his feet in an alley fight. After two weeks in India, Capra discovered that Bowles' fears were warranted, as many film sessions were used by Russian and Chinese representatives to give long political speeches.
At a lunch with 15 Indian directors and producers, he stressed that "they must preserve freedom as artists, and that any government control would hinder that freedom.
A totalitarian system—and they would become nothing but publicity men for the party in power. They all think some super-government or super-collection of individuals dictates all American pictures.
Free enterprise is mystery to them. Somebody must control, either visible or invisible Even intellectuals have no great understanding of liberty and freedom Democracy is only a theory to them.
They have no idea of service to others, of service to the poor. The poor are despised, in a sense. When he returned to Washington to give his report, Secretary of State Dean Acheson gave Capra his commendation for "virtually single-handedly forestalling a possible Communist take-over of Indian films.
Following It's a Wonderful Life and State of the Union , which were done soon after the war ended, Capra's themes were becoming out of step with changes in the film industry and the public mood.
Friedman finds that while Capra's ideas were popular with depression-era and prewar audiences, they became less relevant to a prospering post-war America.
Capra had become "disconnected from an American culture that had changed" during the previous decade. Capra himself was not called to testify, although he was a prime target of the committee due to his past associations with many Hollywood blacklisted screenwriters.
Capra blamed his early retirement from films on the rising power of stars, which forced him to continually compromise his artistic vision.
He also claimed that increasing budgetary and scheduling demands had constrained his creative abilities. The winds of change blew through the dream factories of make-believe, tore at its crinoline tatters The hedonists, the homosexuals, the hemophiliac bleeding hearts, the God-haters, the quick-buck artists who substituted shock for talent, all cried: "Shake 'em!
Rattle 'em! God is dead. Long live pleasure! Liberate the world from prudery. Emancipate our films from morality! Kill for thrill—shock!
To hell with the good in man, Dredge up his evil—shock! Capra added that in his opinion, "practically all the Hollywood film-making of today is stooping to cheap salacious pornography in a crazy bastardization of a great art to compete for the 'patronage' of deviates and masturbators.
Capra remained employable in Hollywood during and after the HUAC hearings but chose nonetheless to demonstrate his loyalty by attempting to re-enlist in the Army at the outbreak of the Korean War , in He was rejected due to his age.
According to Friedman, "these two rejections were devastating to the man who had made a career of demonstrating American ideals in film", along with his directing award-winning documentary films for the Army.
By , at the age of 55, Capra effectively retired from Hollywood filmmaking; he shifted to working with the California Institute of Technology, his alma mater, to produce educational films on science topics.
These educational science documentaries were popular favorites for school science classrooms. Robinson , his first feature film in color.
In the mids he worked on pre-production for an adaptation of Martin Caidin's novel Marooned , but budgetary constraints caused him to eventually shelve it.
Capra's directing style relied on improvisation to a great extent. He was noted for going on the set with no more than the master scenes written. He explained his reasoning:.
What you need is what the scene is about, who does what to whom, and who cares about whom All I want is a master scene and I'll take care of the rest—how to shoot it, how to keep the machinery out of the way, and how to focus attention on the actors at all times.
According to some experts, Capra used great, unobtrusive craftsmanship when directing, and felt it was bad directing to distract the audience with fancy technical gimmicks.
Film historian and author William S. Pechter described Capra's style as one "of almost classical purity.
Capra's [editing] has the effect of imposing order on images constantly in motion, imposing order on chaos.
The end of all this is indeed a kind of beauty, a beauty of controlled motion, more like dancing than painting His films move at a breathtaking clip: dynamic, driving, taut, at their extreme even hysterical; the unrelenting, frantic acceleration of pace seems to spring from the release of some tremendous accumulation of pressure.
Film critic John Raeburn discusses an early Capra film, American Madness , as an example of how he had mastered the movie medium and expressed a unique style:.
The tempo of the film, for example, is perfectly synchronized with the action Capra added to the naturalistic quality of the dialogue by having speakers overlap one another, as they often do in ordinary life; this was an innovation that helped to move the talkies away from the example of the legitimate stage.
As for Capra's subject matter, film author Richard Griffith tries to summarize Capra's common theme:. His inexperience defeats him strategically, but his gallant integrity in the face of temptation calls for the goodwill of the "little people", and through their combined protest, he triumphs.
Capra's personality when directing gave him a reputation for "fierce independence" when dealing with studio bosses. On the set he was said to be gentle and considerate, "a director who displays absolutely no exhibitionism.
Capra's basic themes of championing the common man, as well as his use of spontaneous, fast-paced dialogue and goofy, memorable lead and supporting characters, made him one of the most popular and respected filmmakers of the 20th century.
Capra married actress Helen Howell in They divorced in He married Lucille Warner in , with whom he had a daughter and three sons, one of whom died in infancy.
Capra was four times president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and three times president of the Directors Guild of America , which he helped found.
Under his presidency, he worked to give directors more artistic control of their films. During his career as a director, he retained an early ambition to teach science, and after his career declined in the s, he made educational television films related to science subjects.
Physically, Capra was short, stocky, and vigorous, and enjoyed outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and mountain climbing. In his later years, he spent time writing short stories and songs, along with playing guitar.
His son Frank Capra Jr. Capra's political views coalesced in his movies, which promoted and celebrated the spirit of American individualism.
A conservative Republican , Capra railed against Franklin D. Roosevelt during his tenure as governor of New York and opposed his presidency during the years of the Depression.
Capra stood against government intervention during the national economic crisis. In his later years, Capra became a self-described pacifist and was very critical of the Vietnam War.
In his later years, Capra returned to the Catholic Church and described himself as "a Catholic in spirit; one who firmly believes that the anti-moral, the intellectual bigots, and the Mafias of ill will may destroy religion, but they will never conquer the cross".
In , aged 88, Capra suffered one of a series of strokes. During the golden age of Hollywood, Capra's "fantasies of goodwill" made him one of the two or three most famous and successful directors in the world.
He had created feelgood entertainments before the phrase was invented, and his influence on culture—from Steven Spielberg to David Lynch, and from television soap operas to greeting-card sentiments—is simply too huge to calculate.
The performances his actors gave were invariable portrayals of personalities developed into recognizable images of popular culture, "their acting has the bold simplicity of an icon Like his contemporary, director John Ford , Capra defined and aggrandized the tropes of mythic America where individual courage invariably triumphs over collective evil.
Film historian Richard Griffith speaks of Capra's " For certain purposes, it assumed that all real Americans live in towns like this, and so great is the power of myth, even the born city-dweller is likely to believe vaguely that he too lives on this shady street, or comes from it, or is going to.
There would be no enduring conflicts—harmony, no matter how contrived and specious, would ultimately triumph in the last frame In true Hollywood fashion, no Capra film would ever suggest that social change was a complex, painful act.
For Capra, there would be pain and loss, but no enduring sense of tragedy would be allowed to intrude on his fabulist world.
Although Capra's stature as a director had declined in the s, his films underwent a revival in the s:. Ten years later, it was clear that this trend had reversed itself.
Post- auteurist critics once more acclaimed Capra as a cinematic master, and perhaps more surprisingly, young people packed Capra festivals and revivals all over the United States.
He believes the reason for his renewed popularity had to do with his themes, which he made credible "an ideal conception of an American national character":.
There is a strong libertarian streak in Capra's films, a distrust of power wherever it occurs and in whomever it is invested. Young people are won over by the fact that his heroes are uninterested in wealth and are characterized by vigorous Capra's heroes, in short, are ideal types, created in the image of a powerful national myth.
In , Capra received the National Medal of Arts. During his acceptance speech for the AFI award, Capra stressed his most important values:.
The art of Frank Capra is very, very simple: It's the love of people. Add two simple ideals to this love of people: the freedom of each individual, and the equal importance of each individual, and you have the principle upon which I based all my films.