Long Pants Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Hopwood). Capra turned to work and became a workaholic in order to cope with the tragedy. His wife turned to drinking. During the production of “Long Pants”, Capra had a conflict with Langdon. The screenwriter, Arthur Ripley, had a “dark sensibility that did not mesh well with that of the more optimistic Capra, and Harry Langdon usually sided with Ripley” (Jon C. Hopwood). The picture fell behind schedule and went over budget and since Langdon was paid a fixed fee for each film, it represented a financial loss to his own Harry Langdon Corp. Shocked by the financial set-back, Harry Langdon made a fateful decision: He fired Capra and decided to direct himself.
After being fired, Capra and his
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His Academy Award winning documentary series, “Why We Fight,” is “widely considered a masterpiece of propaganda, surpassed only by Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will” (Frank Capra Biography). Capra was faced with the task of convincing an isolationist nation to enter the war, desegregate the troops, and ally with the Russians, among other things.
Capra’s film “It's a Wonderful Life” was ignored on its initial release, but it became a favorite for television programming on Christmas Day after its copyright expired. It was the first film for Jimmy Stewart after his service in World War Two. After this film, Capra made five others. None were as successful. Before Frank Capra completely retired, he made his last film: “Pocketful of Miracles,” in 1961. “It was another box office disappointment, and from then until his death in 1991 he never got behind the camera again” (World

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