Today I saw It's A Wonderful Life for the first time. Frank Capra's 1946 feelgood Christmas drama is celebrated widely and so I was able to find a cinema showing to attend rather than hiring yet another DVD.
What particularly struck me about the film is that the altruism demonstrated during it's protracted first act is most strongly outlined in a sequence in which there is a run on Jimmy Stewart's character's building society. With some strong rhetoric, appeals to the good sense and familiarity of his investors Stewart nips a small town blistering of the nascent depression in the bud. I fear we should all be paying attention to that this Christmas more than any other in our lifetime.