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Artist:
Alfredo Valente, 1899 - 27 Jun 1973  Search this
Sitter:
Frank Capra, 18 May 1897 - 3 Sep 1991  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 34.3 x 26.5 cm (13 1/2 x 10 7/16")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22")
Culture:
Frank Capra: European\Italian  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1936
Exhibition Label:
Born Bisacquino, Sicily
Director Frank Capra gave Depression-era America an inspirational mythos through his film portrayals of the individual triumphing over hardship. He began his Hollywood career directing silent comedies; after he signed with Columbia Pictures in 1930, Capra directed such hits as the Academy Award–winning It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)—for which he won a Best Director Oscar—and You Can’t Take It with You (1938), which won awards for both Best Picture and Best Director. During World War II, he produced the "Why We Fight" propaganda series for the army. After the war, he directed It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), the now-iconic holiday film starring Jimmy Stewart. Capra’s populist narratives established him as a master storyteller of twentieth-century American life.
Topic:
Frank Capra: Male  Search this
Frank Capra: Performing Arts\Director\Motion Pictures  Search this
Frank Capra: Military\Army\Soldier  Search this
Frank Capra: Oscar  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.2006.72
Restrictions & Rights:
© The Valente Collection
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2006.72