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It Happened One Night (1934)


Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Frank Capra, Jr. (Son of director Frank Capra) Rating:9.0/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by TouristInTheCity on September 16th, 2013:Find all reviews by TouristInTheCity
The commentary is by Frank Capra, Jr., the director's son who was born a few months before filming. Frank Capra, Jr. spent much of his career as a film producer and was likely in his late '60s or early '70s when this was recorded. His story telling is slow to draw out but, really, you aren't going anywhere. He knows the background of how the many pieces came together and the relationships of the players to each other. He points out the character actors and plot construction and mood touchstones, although not often detailed. He does not mention the Code and its relationship to this sexy, sensual story. He does recall things his father told him about certain moments or reactions. Sometimes he commits the common sin of enjoying the movie and laughing, forgetting to talk to us. His silence is frustrating, since Capra, Jr. was probably a wealth of tidbits and structural knowledge. He died near Christmas, 2007. There's an intimacy in this commentary, so even with its weaknesses it is still one I value.