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Frank Capra

Alfredo Valente, 1899 - 27 Jun 1973
Frank Capra, 18 May 1897 - 3 Sep 1991
Gelatin silver print
Image/Sheet: 34.3 x 26.5 cm (13 1/2 x 10 7/16")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© The Valente Collection
Object number
Frank Capra: European\Italian
Exhibition Label
Born Bisacquino, Sicily
Director Frank Capra gave Depression-era America an inspirational mythos through his film portrayals of the individual triumphing over hardship. He began his Hollywood career directing silent comedies; after he signed with Columbia Pictures in 1930, Capra directed such hits as the Academy Award–winning It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)—for which he won a Best Director Oscar—and You Can’t Take It with You (1938), which won awards for both Best Picture and Best Director. During World War II, he produced the "Why We Fight" propaganda series for the army. After the war, he directed It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), the now-iconic holiday film starring Jimmy Stewart. Capra’s populist narratives established him as a master storyteller of twentieth-century American life.
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National Portrait Gallery
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