Clarence, Get Me Back! I Want to Live Again!

Well, this certainly has been an exciting experiment! But to be perfectly honest, as they say, I have seen enough.

Sunset Gun: Merry Christmas: It's a Wonderful Life

Whereas Frank Capra’s George Bailey was granted the experience (thanks to his guardian angel!) of seeing what life would be like without him, we have been ‘granted’ the opposite experience (by some darker power), the horrible vision of seeing what we are like without life!

We all now have some taste of the lifeless life, and it is anything but sweet!

The peculiar mark of the artistic genius is the ability to capture the universal in the particular; the artistic genius makes something very large, something important, even something infinite, incarnate in a relatively small thing like a painting, a block of marble or, in this case, a two-hour black and white movie.

And so Capra managed to encapsulate the beauty of life, with its concomitant sufferings and joys, in the life of an ordinary man named George. If he accomplished nothing else, Capra shows us why life is worth living. He shows us what life is and why it is wonderful.

And what is life?

Life is sledding down dangerous hills perilously close to an icy death (where were the parents!?).

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Life is walking and whistling down the public street locked arm in arm with close friends,

Life is packing into an old jalopy with no seatbelts and way too many kids and a goat to drive to one’s new home!

The Bedford Falls Sentinel - An It's a Wonderful Life Blog: Enter ...

Life is standing shoulder to shoulder with others to confront irrational panic!

Finding Ways to Say Thanks, Other Than Apple Pie - The New York Times

Life is about coming together to weep and pray…

Yarn | On V-J day, he wept and prayed again. ~ It's a Wonderful ...

celebrating and maybe even taking up a collection…

It's a Wonderful Life' Movie Facts | Mental Floss

and singing Auld Lang Syne (even in flu season!).

At the top of the list of “most inspirational movies of all time,” Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life reminds us that life is wonderful and worthwhile not because of how we live safely apart from one another, albeit in a sterilized environment.

Even though he was headed for jail, through no fault of his own, George Bailey could not restrain his exuberance…because Zu Zu’s petals were real.

It's a Wonderful Life and the Courage to Live (and Create Art ...

I want to live again, don’t you? 

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) | The Film Spectrum

About marklangley

Presently, the founding Headmaster of Our Lady of Walsingham Academy in Colorado Springs (see www., former headmaster and Academic Dean at The Lyceum (a school he founded in 2003, see Mark loves sacred music and Gregorian Chant and singing with his lovely wife, Stephanie, and their children.
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7 Responses to Clarence, Get Me Back! I Want to Live Again!

  1. Pingback: Clarence, Get Me Back! I Want to Live Again! | When I Discovered Your Words

  2. Michael Hughes says:

    Veritatis splendor, Mark! One of my favorite films!!

  3. petranchmom says:

    Brilliant squared. Reality of the scope cried out from my backseat, “Will there be no Shumay picnic? A first!” As for me, “Alas, no Lyceum Shakespeare.” God bless you, Stephanie, your family and the Lyceum family!

  4. Jacob Alexander says:

    Our Lord had aptly put it, “He is not the God of the dead, but of the living: for all live to Him.” That may be the more ultimate reason why the lockdown measures are so difficult for us to bear. We were made to live, and to live fully in Him!

  5. Margie Gonzalez says:

    Beautiful Mr. Langley. 🙂

  6. marklangley says:

    Thank you Margie! I am glad (and flattered!) that you visit Lionandox from time to time ! 🙂

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