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Top 25 Outdoor Movie: It's a Wonderful Life
by Michael Maltsev
We only have a couple movies left on our list of Top 25 Outdoor Movies of All Time, and although we didn't intend to save the best for last, the 1946 classic It's a Beautiful Life is definitely at the top of our list. Before we tell you why this film will captivate your community, here is the original theatrical release trailer for the film (trailers have sure come a long way since 1946!):
It's a Wonderful Life was nominated for 5 Oscars, but ultimately did not win. However the American Film Institute has classified it as one of the 100 Best American Films Ever Made, and placed it as number one on their list of the most inspirational American films of all time! The story follows George Bailey (played by James Stewart), as he is down and depressed after a several turns of bad luck. Through the prayers of his family and friends, a guardian angel named Clarence Odbody, Angel Second Class (played by Henry Travers) is sent to watch over him. Before being sent, Odbody is shown the past life of George, at which point the film follows the narrative of his life's events. As we watch George growing up, we witness an individual of great character, who always puts himself above others. George even saves a couple lives, and through his heroic actions is able to change the course of life for many.
Eventually the vision catches up to the situation that opened the film, and Clarence the angel is tasked with saving George's life in the face of his suicidal thoughts. It's a Wonderful Life highlights the difficult and meaningful moments of life, and shows our weaknesses, but ultimately reminds one that through the values of faith and love, life can be a beautiful experience that is highly fulfilling. This is one of those films that will really bring your community together, both in physical numbers of persons and families, but also in spirit as they contemplate the simple things in life. It's no wonder this film is loved by so many!
There are many ways that one could really engage their community with It's a Beautiful Life. As with many movies on our Top 25 list, this film presents a perfect opportunity for a costume contest! You could have a best dressed vintage (or maybe it's classic?) fashion show, with categories for the ladies and the men! This would be a great film to do a drive-in outdoor movie with. And with a 40' Open Air Cinema Elite Screen, you'd be in great shape to have a huge turnout with families in their cars. If you've never done a drive in movie with your inflatable movie screen, give us a call and we'd be more than glad to explain the technicalities (866-802-8202).
It's a Beautiful Life is sure to bring back memories for all who have seen the film before. If anyone has screened this film before, and wants to share their story with how the event went, post your comments to the comments section below! We'd love to hear your story.