[Marxism] Dreaming of a Red Christmas
knhiebert at shaw.ca
Sat Dec 1 11:33:03 MST 2018
The story itself will be known to many of you. What I found interesting is that this item appeared in Cineplex Magazine, published by Cineplex which operates 162 theatres in Canada.
Dreaming of a Red Christmas
This 1946 photo of Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed promoting It’s a Wonderful Life is downright precious. But if it’s evoking sentimental feelings for a movie that placed family, charity and the little guy above big business and consumerism, you might want to ask yourself if you’re a Communist. In May of 1947, just a few months after It’s a Wonderful Life hit theatres, an FBI memo was written asserting that the film was evidence of “Communist infiltration of the motion picture industry.” Depicting Lionel Barrymore’s Mr. Potter, the head of a big bank, as a “scrooge-type” made him the most hated man in the movie and discredited bankers, the memo suggested. Apparently, the film also maligned the upper class, “attempting to show the people who had money were mean and despicable characters.” Keep in mind this was the era of HUAC, the House Un-American Activities Committee, which was assembled to ferret out citizens — often those in the entertainment industry — with Communist ties. If you dare take the risk, It’s A Wonderful Life screens at Cineplex theatres December 16, 17, 19, 21 and 24.
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