“It’s a Wonderful Life,” was made in 1946. Shortly before making it, Frank Capra said, “There are just two things that are important. One is to strengthen the individual’s belief in himself, and the other , even more important right now, is to combat a modern trend toward atheism.” This movie summed up his philosophy.
In an interview, Capra said he recalled the 13-day voyage with his father to America and as the ship entered New York harbor, his father took him up on deck and told him, “Look at that. That’s the greatest light since the star of Bethlehem. That’s the light of freedom. Remember that.”