Soundtrack Comes Alive: Eric Mintel Quartet in front of It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Sat, December 14, 2013 - Dec, 15

    Listen to one of the area’s best jazz quartets as it adds a new soundtrack to one of Christmas’ most beloved films!  

Directed by Frank Capra.

It's Christmas Eve, 1946, and George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart), who has long considered himself a failure, faces financial ruin and arrest and is seriously contemplating suicide. High above Bedford Falls, two celestial voices discuss Bailey's dilemma and decide to send down eternally bumbling angel Clarence Oddbody (Henry Travers), who after 200 years has yet to earn his wings, to help George out. But first, Clarence is given a crash course on George's life, and the multitude of selfless acts he has performed.

Bitterly, George declares that he wishes that he had never been born, and Clarence, hoping to teach George a lesson, shows him how different life would have been had he in fact never been born. Capra's first production through his newly-formed Liberty Films, It's a Wonderful Life lost money in its original run, when it was perceived as a fairly downbeat view of small-town life. Only after it lapsed into the public domain in 1973 and became a Christmastime TV perennial did it don the mantle of a holiday classic.

The Eric Mintel Quartet is Eric Mintel on piano, Nelson Hill on sax, Jack Hegyl on bass and Dave Mohn on drums. They have been together for nearly 20 years, and have played for Presidents Clinton and Obama at the White House in that time, in addition to touring the country's best jazz clubs.

Soundtrack Comes Alive is an ArtsQuest-produced series of performances featuring a band playing live in front of a film, essentially "re-scoring" the movie! Much of the film's original dialogue will be heard (if the selection isn't a silent film), but the band will bring in new music to accompany it. Previous Soundtrack Comes Alive events include The Great White Caps in front of Point Break, The Almighty Terribles in front of Ghostbusters and XVSK in front of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.


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