Q:Why do black and white films make most people cringe?
A:Because there is no extreme violence, no nudity, no vfx, and no 5.1 surround sound.
Q:Whats wrong with a master shot that holds for 5 minutes to show the raw talent of a brilliant actor?
Q:What makes a film fall off of America's cultural-radar?
A: ...good question.
Have you ever seen Frank Capra's, 'You Can't Take It With You'? No? Well, I hadn't either. If you have, then you know. It's an awesome film!
The American romantic comedies story is about a conservative banker's son who falls for a girl that's from a family of freethinkers. It's soaking wet with witty dialogue, a well-written plot, and a lot of spicy characters. The overall message of the film is fantastic and was thoroughly entertaining to see.
'You Can't Take It With You' was originally a three act stage comedy written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart that opened in 1936. The play won a Pulitzer prize for drama so naturally it blew up big.
Frank Capra is the man and so is the young James Stewart depicting the bankers son.
The film was awarded the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director of 1938. A strong indicator that the 1930's film did and still does kick ass even though it is dated.
My writing partner Chris introduced this to me with the emphasis that his family watched the film on a weekly basis as he grew up. If you watch the film I think you'll understand. The title, 'You Can't Take It With You' refers to money. This comedy radiates the message that 'life is too short' and 'pursue the truth no matter what the cost'.
It's hard to find this film nowadays but if you get the chance, check it out! It is definitely worth a look.