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Frank Capra's American Dream (1997)

PG | | Documentary, Biography, History | TV Movie
Ron Howard hosts a biography of the life and career of filmmaker Frank Capra, including interviews with the director's friends, colleagues and admirers.

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Kenneth Bowser

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Kenneth Bowser
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Howard ... Himself - Host and Narrator
Robert Altman ... Himself - Interviewee: Director
Jeanine Basinger Jeanine Basinger ... Herself - Interviewee: Curator, Capra Archives, Weslayan University
Edward Bernds Edward Bernds ... Himself - Interviewee: Sound Technician / Director
Frank Capra Jr. Frank Capra Jr. ... Himself - Interviewee: Producer (archive footage)
Tom Capra Tom Capra ... Himself - Interviewee: Producer
Allen Daviau ... Himself - Interviewee
André De Toth ... Himself - Interviewee: Director (as André DeToth)
Richard Dreyfuss ... Himself - Interviewee
Bill Duke ... Himself - Interviewee: Director
Peter Falk ... Himself - Interviewee: Actor
Amy Heckerling ... Herself - Interviewee: Writer / Director
Marshall Herskovitz ... Himself - Interviewee: Director
Arthur Hiller ... Himself - Interviewee: Director
Michael Keaton ... Himself - Interviewee
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The life and career of legendary, three-time Oscar winner Frank Capra is explored in this acclaimed documentary through clips from his films, interviews with friends, family, and co-workers, and revealing archival film including footage of Capra himself. The director started as a poor Italian immigrant and through ambition, hard work, and talent singlehandedly put Poverty Row Columbia Studios on the map with classics like "American Madness," "Lost Horizon," and "Meet John Doe," as well as Oscar winners "It Happened One Night," "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town," and "You Can't Take It with You,'' culminating with his masterpiece, "It's a Wonderful Life." Capra's professional and personal philosophy of "One man, one film predated the auteur theory by decades. Capra's wartime service and educational TV experience are detailed along with his two last features, "A Hole in the Head" and "Pocketful of Miracles," made after the collapse of the studio system resulting in the director's premature ... Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Rated PG for brief war footage and mild language
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Frank Capra e o Sonho Americano See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This documentary is featured on Columbia TriStar's 1998 DVD for The Matinee Idol (1928), both Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's 2006 Frank Capra Premiere Collection DVD set and 2014 Blu-ray for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), as well as The Criterion Collection's 2014 DVD & Blu-ray releases for It Happened One Night (1934). See more »

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John Cassavetes prologue: Maybe there really wasn't an America. Maybe it was only Frank Capra.
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Features It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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A must for all film students.
16 February 2003 | by DukeEmanSee all my reviews

How can you go wrong with a doco about a great Yankee humanitarian like Capra and having the likes of Scorsese, Dreyfuss, Oliver Stone and so on, praise the man himself? This conservative structured doco takes us from A to Z of Capra's career.


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