Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
The esteemed Frank Capra made numerous memorable movie classics (including It's A Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes To Washington) and is considered to be one of the great American directors, among the very few whose work set international standards for filmmaking. In this documentary, the Sicilian-born, American-raised director recollects his life and career. Included among his anecdotes are stories of his relations with the founder of the Bank of America, A.P. Giannini, and his recollections of making films with Frank Sinatra. The filmmakers accompany the director as he revisits his birthplace in Sicily for the first time since he left it for America when he was six. Interviews with colleagues and actors flesh out the story, and clips from the great director's films illustrate many of the points being made.