Center for Constructive Alternatives

CCA IV

Films of Frank Capra

March 1-5, 2015

One of the most successful and influential directors of the 1930s and 40s, Frank Capra is remembered not only as a brilliant filmmaker—he won three Academy Awards for best director—but as an immigrant whose abiding love for America was expressed in his work. This fourth and final CCA of the 2014-2015 academic year will explore Capra’s life, genius, and legacy.

Sunday, March 1

  • 4:00 p.m.
    • Showing of It Happened One Night (1934; 105 minutes)
  • 8:00 p.m.
    • “What Makes Capra a Great Director?”
      Peter Bogdanovich
      Director and Film Historian

Monday, March 2

  • 4:00 p.m.
    • Showing of You Can’t Take It With You (1938; 126 minutes)
  • 8:00 p.m.
    • “Capra: Life and Times”
      Joseph McBride
      Author, Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success

Tuesday, March 3

  • 4:00 p.m.
    • Showing of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939; 129 minutes)
  • 8:00 p.m.
    • “Capra and America”
      John Marini
      University of Nevada – Reno

Wednesday, March 4

  • 4:00 p.m.
    • Showing of It’s a Wonderful Life (1947; 130 minutes)
  • 8:00 p.m.
    • “Capra’s Comedies and Comedies Today”
      Ross Douthat
      Film Critic, National Review
      Columnist, The New York Time

Thursday, March 5

  • 4:00 p.m.
    • Faculty Roundtable

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