These two films re-center the Christmas story in a way that strips all of the trappings away and shows us that American Christmas, even in our fictional lily-white conservative postwar past, was always about cash on the nail—and that we should question that fact constantly.

A great reminder why I’ve always considered It’s A Wonderful Life to be the best Christmas movie of all time. (And why a lot of other holiday films leave me cold.)

Have Yourself a Populist Christmas with It’s a Wonderful Life and The Bishop’s Wife

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