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Capra’s love of America shines at the Orpheum this week

November 2, 2012
By Tom LaVille ( , Times-Republican

On any list of the greatest American directors of the 20th Century by film historians and movie lovers, Frank Capra would be in the top 10 of anyone's list. Capra immigrated to the United States with his Italian parents at the age of 6. They immediately moved to Southern California to join the rest of the Capra family. Following World War I, Capra began taking jobs as an extra in silent films. His evolution as an iconic director in the 1930-50 was slow but steady. His first work in silent films was with Iowa-born Harry Landon, of Council Bluffs. Landon was considered one of the top four major silent movie comedians along with Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. His film with Capra, "The Strong Man," was one of his best.



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