Renoir’s most well-known American feature is a fascinating translation of the filmmaker’s methods and outlook into a Hollywood milieu.
The most devastating of American pictures is a simple film masking great complexity.
This DVD edition of Leo McCarey’s 1937 masterpiece is another heroic act of restoration by the Criterion Collection.
How about Cabin in the Cotten, Dangerous, Juarez, The Corn is Green, and A Stolen Life for volume four?
Without overlooking It’s a Wonderful Life‘s lapses into populist bathos, it’s necessary to rescue the Frank Capra film from its status as an untouchable American “classic.”