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  •  "It's a Wonderful Life." (3+ / 0-)

    After all, Potter did get to keep the $6,000.

    •  I view "Wonderful Life" as a liberal (6+ / 0-)

      flick.  I see Potter as the person whom Dick Cheney modelled his persona on.  

      •  It's A Wonderful Life... (3+ / 0-)
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        ...is a political Rorschach test. You can see liberal politics and conservative politics depending on where you stand politically. It's a POPULIST film, basically. And populism can be Left populism or Right populism or even CENTRIST populism, if you can believe that.

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        by Pris from LA on Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 09:12:26 AM PDT

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        •  Ok but Cheney=Potter, no? nt (0+ / 0-)
        •  How does the conservative interpretation work? (0+ / 0-)

          I'll grant you that the depiction of small-town Americana, "family values," and interventionist divinity are concepts conservatives love to appropriate, but I think the politics of the film are clearly socialistic/lefty/anti-materialist, as was Frank Capra's intention.

          I realize that conservatives have an uncanny ability to ignore the core significance of things and view them as they deem fit (e.g. transforming Dickens' anti-capitalist A Christmas Carol into a Republican cudgel against Michael Moore), but that doesn't mean there's any weight to their argument. Is Potter supposed to be some kind of liberal?

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          by FutureNow on Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 09:39:56 AM PDT

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        •  I had a college professor (0+ / 0-)

          who claimed it was essentially a tragedy. It's been a long time since I heard his argument, but it went something like this:

          George (Stuart) is basically an iconclast who gets "re-integrated" into society and thereafter becomes a good little soldier.

          Not saying I buy it, but I always thought it was interesting.

          "As for what is not true, you will always find abundance in the newspapers." --Thomas Jefferson

          by wide eyed lib on Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 10:54:37 AM PDT

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