Legendary director, Frank Capra, was born Francesco Rosario Capra on May 18, 1897 in Bisacquino, Italy. Capra died at the age of 94 on Sep 3, 1991 in La Quinta, CA and was laid to rest in Coachella Valley Cemetery in Coachella, CA.
Frank Capra looked at the world through rose-colored glasses and believed, rightly so, that thousands of other people all over the world wanted to look at it the same way. He also believed that goodness and virtue, even in the humblest of people, could triumph over insuperable odds in the end, and his most famous films are celebrations of the common man par excellence. Of course, in real life, the world's 'nasties' don't always repent and confess, but the climaxes to Capra's greatest films (however little they might have to do with real life) are constructed with superb skill and can still bring a lump to the throat.
Capra had come to America at the age of six. Trained as a chemical engineer, he couldn't find work in that field and drifted into films almost by chance, his lively mind earning him employment as a gag writer for silent comedies, latterly with Mack Sennett. It was in the slapstick vein that he began his career as a feature film director with two comedies starring chalk-faced Harry Langdon. He began to work in a wider variety of films and became an expert in manipulating emotions to such an extent that his 1930s and early 1940s films influenced the lives and beliefs of a nation as they followed the efforts of Longfelllow Deeds, Jefferson Smith and John Doe to take on corruption and win, not without coming heart-rendingly close to failure.(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Directors).
Capra's autobiography The Name Above The Title was first published in 1972.
HONORS and AWARDS:.
|1932/33||Best Director||Lady for a Day (1933)||N/A||Nominated|
|1934||Best Director||It Happened One Night (1934)||N/A||Won|
|1936||Best Director||Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)||N/A||Won|
|1938||Best Director||You Can't Take It with You (1938)||N/A||Won|
|1939||Best Director||Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)||N/A||Nominated|
|1946||Best Director||It's a Wonderful Life (1946)||N/A||Nominated|
He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.
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