Frank Capra
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"Frank Russell Capra" was an Italy/Italian-born American film director, producer and Screenwriter/writer who became the creative force behind Frank Capra filmography#Films that won Academy Awards/some of the major award-winning films of the 1930s and 1940s. His rags-to-riches story has led film historians such as Ian Freer to consider him the "American dream personified."

Capra became one of America's most influential directors during the 1930s, winning three Oscars as Best Director. Among his leading films was It Happened One Night (1934), which became the first film to win all five top Oscars, including Best Picture. Other leading films in his prime included You Can't Take It With You (film)/You Can't Take It With You (1938) and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). During World War II, Capra served in the US Army Signal Corps and produced propaganda films, such as the Why We Fight series.

After World War II, however, Capra's career declined as his later films like It's a Wonderful Life (1946) were critically derided as being "simplistic" or "overly idealistic". However, his films have since been favorably reassessed in succeeding decades.

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My advice to young film-makers is this: Don't follow trends, Start them!

Compassion is a two way street.

Friend, you are a divine mingle-mangle of guts and stardust. So hang in there! If doors opened for me, they can open for anyone.

Do not help the quick moneymakers who have delusions about taking possession of classics by smearing them with paint.

Film is one of the three universal languages, the other two: mathematics and music.

Whenever a situation develops to its extreme, it is bound to turn around and become its opposite.

Scriptwriting [for film] is the toughest part of the whole racket . . . the least understood and the least noticed.

I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.

In our film profession you may have Gable's looks, Tracy's art, Marlene's legs or Liz's violet eyes, but they don't mean a thing without that swinging thing called courage.