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It’s A Wonderful Life gets a gala showing in King's Lynn

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The Majestic Cinema in Lynn is holding a bit of a festive treat tomorrow when it presents a Christmas screening of the classic movie It’s A Wonderful Life.

The black-tie, red carpet gala screening, is being held at 7.45pm. Cinemagoers can enjoy mulled wine in the bar and ice creams at the interval and there will be a Christmas raffle as well.

The event follows on from a similar gala showing two years ago when the classic Humphrey Bogart thriller Casablanca was shown.

It's A Wonderful Life (23922732)
It's A Wonderful Life (23922732)

“It should be quite popular,” said a Majestic spokesman of tomorrow’s show.

Tickets are £5 each or £17 for a group of four.

For those who have never seen it, It’s A Wonderful Life, released in 1946 and directed by Frank Capra, should be just about the most perfect film to set you up for Christmas.

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It's A Wonderful Life (23922735)

It has been voted the No.1 inspirational film in the USA and No.11 in the top 100 Greatest American Movies.

But the story of George Bailey (James Stewart) is no schmaltzfest. In fact, it portrays quite a hard-hitting critique of small-town America and how life can for many hang by a thread.

The film starts on Christmas Eve with George contemplating suicide. A good man who has always tried to do right by his wife Mary (Donna Reed) and family and the rest of the community of Bedford Falls in New York state where he has grown up and runs a savings and loans business, he is now staring ruin in the face thanks to the nefarious dealings of arch-capitalist Henry F Potter (Lionel Barrymore).

But his prayers are heard by Clarence Odbody, Angel 2nd class, who is awaiting his wings, so he is sent down to Earth to save George’s life by showing him what would have happened if he had never existed.

Think Sliding Doors but told with far more elan and social conscience.

Online review site Rotten Tomatoes says: “The holiday classic to define all holiday classics, It’s a Wonderful Life is one of a handful of films worth an annual viewing.”

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