Friday, 11 November 2011

Life without the Murdochs

I've posted this clip before, but I was telling someone (can't remember who) about it recently, so thought I'd stick it up again. It's Fry and Laurie's parody of the Frank Capra film It's a Wonderful Life, in which a small-town banker facing ruin thanks to his own generosity and the machinations of the Big Banks, contemplates suicide.

The film was made during the Depression, and mixes sentiment with populist distrust of Wall Street: it's not exactly socialist, more a kind of moralism. As he stares into the abyss, a trainee angel called Clarence shows him what would happen to the community if he'd never existed, and it's a mean-minded, grasping struggling place.

Unlike life without Murdoch:

(Oh, and have a look at Matt's latest comic triumph in the Daily Telegraph)

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