Spirit United Church to host screening of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Spirit United Church, 3204 S.E. Como Ave., Minneapolis, will screen the newly re-issued, colorized edition of the movie classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Monday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. as part of the Theosophical Society’s free movie discussion series.

The film portrays George Bailey (played by James Stewart) who grows up in the small town of Bedford Falls, dreaming dreams of adventure and travel, but circumstances conspire to keep him enslaved to his home turf. Frustrated by his life, and haunted by an impending scandal, George prepares to commit suicide on Christmas Eve. A heavenly messenger (Henry Travers) arrives to show him a vision: what the world would have been like if George had never been born.

The sequence is a vivid depiction of the American Dream gone bad. The film acknowledges the difficulties and disappointments of life, while affirming the cherished values of friendship and individual achievement.

There will be refreshments. Free parking is located in the lot east of the church, which is three blocks west of Highway 280 next to the First Transit bus garage. A $10 donation is suggested.

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