Center for Constructive Alternatives


Films of Frank Capra

March 1-5, 2015

One of the most successful and influential directors of the 1930s and 40s, Frank Capra is remembered not only as a brilliant filmmaker—he won three Academy Awards for best director—but as an immigrant whose abiding love for America was expressed in his work. This fourth and final CCA of the 2014-2015 academic year will explore Capra’s life, genius, and legacy.

Sunday, March 1

  • 4:00 p.m.
    Showing of It Happened One Night (1934; 105 minutes)
  • 8:00 p.m.
    “What Makes Capra a Great Director?” 
    Leonard Maltin
    Film Historian
    Host, Maltin on Movies

Monday, March 2

  • 4:00 p.m.
    Showing of You Can’t Take It With You (1938; 126 minutes)
  • 8:00 p.m.
    “Capra: Life and Times”
    Joseph McBride
    Author, Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success

Tuesday, March 3

  • 4:00 p.m.
    Showing of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939; 129 minutes)
  • 8:00 p.m.
    “Capra and America”
    John Marini
    University of Nevada – Reno

*Live video will begin at 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 4

  • 4:00 p.m.
    Showing of It’s a Wonderful Life (1947; 130 minutes)
  • 8:00 p.m.
    “Capra’s Comedies and Comedies Today”
    Ross Douthat
    Film Critic, National Review
    Columnist, The New York Times

*Live video will begin at 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 5

  • 4:00 p.m.
    Faculty Roundtable
    Mark A. Nussbaum, Chairman
    Paul T. Hosmer
    Kirstin Kiledal
    Donald A. Turner

All Speakers Confirmed