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Library screens holiday classic

The Waupaca Area Public Library will present “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7.

Complimentary popcorn, sodas and theater treats will be served. Dr. Jack Rhodes will introduce the movie.

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” directed by Hollywood legend Frank Capra, was released by RKO Radio as its Christmas picture in December 1946.

James Stewart heads the cast as George Bailey, a man who is forced to review his personal life story in order to decide whether his contributions have “mattered” to himself or to others. Others in the large cast of this familiar favorite include Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Ward Bond,Henry Travers and Gloria Grahame.

The film is based on Philip Van Doren Stern’s short story, “The Greatest Gift.”

Rhodes explained that one purpose of the library’s long-running series is to give contemporary audiences “a fresh look” at excellent pictures of Hollywood’s classic era of filmmaking.

“There is always more that we can learn by revisiting a perennial classic,” Rhodes said, “even one as well-known and popular as this one. We’ll try to focus on a few reasons why this particular film has maintained its enduring appeal for seven decades of movie audiences.”

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