The Real Bedford Falls on This Week’s State of Greater Western New York Report – January 6, 2022

It’s the Epiphany, so it’s not too late to do one more story on Christmas, and what better way to wrap up this season with another look at It’s a Wonderful Life from a nationally known expert on popular culture and an Emmy Award-winning producer who answer the following questions: Why did this movie have such an impact? and What about The Real Bedford Falls?

In the first segment of today’s show, Robert J. Thompson of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture tells us of the surprising reception It’s a Wonderful Life received when it was originally released. He gives the background of both Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart both before and after the film’s 1946 release. Thompson then reveals what changed everything in the 1970s and what that means to us today.

The second segment features Stu Lisson, who produced the documentary “The Real Bedford Falls.” Lisson was recently awarded an Emmy for this documentary. He explains the process he went through to make the documentary, who helped him, and the reaction it garnered not only from Seneca Falls but from all sorts of people.

Finally, both guests answered the question you’ve all been waiting to hear the answer to: The original black and white version or the colorized version?

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