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It’s a wonderful nightmare and the nightmare starts rolling downhill and snowballing, not only by James Stewart’s suffering George Bailey, but by Thomas Mitchell’s sweet, absent minded, animal loving Uncle Billy. Think of his scene when he can’t find the money. Jesus, Uncle Billy? On that fateful canada goose outlet Christmas Eve in Frank canada goose outlet mall Capra’s a Wonderful Life, it’s Uncle Billy who louses everything up by his innocent mistake losing the deposit canada goose factory outlet toronto location money to Lionel Barrymore’s rotten Mr. Potter, who canada goose outlet reviews then steals it. Cheerfully filling out the 8,000 dollar deposit slip in the bank, he notices Mr. Potter wheeled in by one of his henchman, and bids him a somewhat disingenuous hello. He’s not happy to see him. No one is happy to see that greedy, no feeling blight on this community. Nevertheless, Uncle Billy, greets him, and grabs Potter’s newspaper bragging about George’s brother winning the Congressional Medal of Honor, “written right there in print. “You just can’t keep those Bailey Boys down,” he says with pride and gloating glee. Mr. Potter doesn’t give a rat’s ass (or secretly, he does) and snarls about that “slacker” George Bailey (I always think of the Senior Lebowski in this moment, even if George Bailey is nothing like the Dude “The bums lost!”). Uncle Billy folds the deposit money into the newspaper and hands it back to Potter: He continues to exult for the Baileys with a smirk, messing with Mr. Potter. He’s having a good time shoving this in Mr. Potter’s canada goose outlet 2015 face! He’s being cocky, even. But don’t go too far Uncle Billy, for, let me repeat myself he hands over the money to Mr. Potter something one fears so much that one might go crazy thinking such fear actually formed itself and happened.

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I realize there would be no movie if Uncle Billy didn’t hand that 8,000 dollars over to evil Mr. Potter and I’ve seen it enough to anticipate the moment, but it’s still watch knowing that Christmas Eve happy Uncle Billy will soon turn to sinking dread Uncle Billy. And then, that panic, that anger, that canada goose outlet us suicidal ideation infecting George Bailey, who has been storing up dread and regret and running away fantasies for years. Bailey will lose it, turn on his family, get punched in a bar, crash a car, run through the snow to jump off a bridge only to be saved by Henry Travers’ lovable second class guardian angel, Clarence. He’s shown what Bedford Falls would have like had George had never been born. It would be Pottersville a seedy, mean (admittedly, more interesting) rough town, controlled by Mr. Potter; and a place where no one knows George. No one knows him? He yells at friendly faces desperately in this “Twilight Zone” journey and George goes crazier. Clarence is sending him over the edge faster than jumping off that bridge canada goose outlet belgium and he’s waking George up as if the cold water below canada goose outlet uk fake jolted him alive. It’s like George fell asleep after crashing that car, and fell into this nightmare this canada goose outlet washington dc Dickensian Christmas ghost story about a man who was never there.

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But this All American “wholesomeness,” not just in Stewart, but in the very idea of anything purely “All American” and wholesome, specifically, is full of complexity, mystery, much of which is not wholesome. Wholesome? Is that even possible? No one is or and never have been. People are angry and obsessed and repressed. And what is more All American than repressed anger boiling to the surface? Of being spitting mad and calcified that the so called American Dream didn’t work out for you? And never mind the American Dream (so many Americans have different dreams many just dream to survive), just that one (George) canada goose outlet woodbury is stuck in what others might consider a beautiful, charming wife, lovely children, a gorgeous old rambling house, a good job. canada goose outlet uk Young (and older) George Bailey wanted to do things, go places be his own man. He didn’t want to stay in Bedford Falls, he didn’t want to take over his canada goose outlet hong kong father’s business. He could have made money and enjoyed a posh life, or he could have rambled and walked into a seedy situation, like John Garfield in Postman Always Rings Twice.

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