It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life (U)

Join us at Llangollen Town Hall to celebrate the festive season with one of the best-loved Christmas films of all time, It’s a Wonderful Life.

It’s Christmas Eve and George Bailey (James Stewart) is on a snowy bridge contemplating suicide.  This brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). It’s no spoiler to say that George is saved from a watery death by Clarence,  who, over the course of the film shows George what life might have looked like if he had never been born.

It’s a Wonderful Life is such a special film that we’re holding two screenings: a matinee and and our usual evening screening. Both screenings will feature 1930’s swing music, a licensed bar, and festive fare such as mince pies and hot drinks. Mulled wine and hot chocolate will be on offer in the evening.

The matinee is billed as a ‘relaxed screening’. The aim is to create a comfortable environment, accessible to all ages, including those with babes-in-arms and those with dementia. More information is available here.

Best of all, these screenings will be free. We’re asking, in lieu of a ticket price, that people consider bringing a contribution for one of two charities: the Welsh Women’s Aid centre in Wrexham and Llangollen Community Christmas Lunch. As suggestions, Welsh Women’s Aid Wrexham would be delighted by unwrapped gifts for women aged 18 and over such as toiletry gift sets and nightwear. Our friends at Llangollen Community Christmas Lunch would love wrapped Christmas gifts such as festive treats, chocolates or other stocking fillers.

There will also be a collection bucket for those who would prefer to make a cash donation to Welsh Women’s Aid Wrexham.

Friday, December 14th 2018

Doors open at 2.30pm for the matinee and 7.30pm for the evening screening
The matinee screening starts at 3pm and the evening screening at 8pm

Director: Frank Capra
Year: 1946
Certificate: U (suitable for all)
Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes

And the critics say…  (although in this case it doesn’t really matter)

“This masterpiece from Frank Capra still has a lot to say about community spirit and is a film with much more to it than feel-good sentimentality.” David Parkinson, Radio Times

“Every time I watch it, I am surprised afresh by how late in the story Clarence the angel appears, on his mission to show George how bad the world would have looked without him. The film is gripping enough simply with the telling of George’s lifestory. A genuine American classic.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“What is remarkable about It’s a Wonderful Life is how well it holds up over the years; it’s one of those ageless movies, like Casablanca or The Third Man, that improves with age.” Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times