Born On This Day — May 18, 1897

Frank Capra - Signed

It’s a Wonderful Life sums up my philosophy of filmmaking. First, to exalt the worth of the individual. Second, to champion man—plead his causes, protest any degradation of his dignity, spirit, or divinity. And third, to dramatize the viability of the individual—as in the theme of the film itself…there is a radiance and glory in the darkness, could we but see, and to see we only have to look. I beseech you to look.

My advice to young filmmakers is this: Don’t follow trends. Start them!

—Frank Capra