Despite my protests that “It’s a Wonderful Life” isn’t strictly a holiday film, I end up following the cultural lead and taking a trip to Bedford Falls during the holidays every year.
In a movie filled with favourite scenes, one that stands out to me is when George and Mary return from the dance dressed in whatever spare clothes were on hand after boogying their way straight into the pool under the dance floor. In an inspired flight of fancy, George asks Mary what she wants. The moon? Sure. He could get her the moon. He’d just tie a lasso around it and pull it down.
I fired up the movie on the 23rd of December and started the first brush-strokes as the illustrated title cards rolled by. By some happy coincidence, I finished the painting just as the closing credits had finished.