The quintessential Christmas film, Oscar-winning director Frank Capra’s masterful drama features Jimmy Stewart as frustrated, compassionate everyman George Bailey; on the brink of suicide when a guardian angel (Henry Travers) arrives to show him how his community and loved ones would have fared without him.
Like the heroine of Hans Christian Andersen’s source fairytale, whose magic shoes compel her to dance, Victoria Page (played by real-life ballerina Moira Shearer) finds herself driven to breaking point by an obsessive Russian impresario when she’s cast in his ballet The Red Shoes.
Peter Carter is a young WWII airman who jumps out of a damaged plane without a parachute. But instead of dying, he finds himself unharmed on a beach. Encountering a young American servicewoman – with whom he falls in love – he finds he must appeal to a celestial jury for his right to live, trapped between a Technicolor earth and a monochrome heaven.