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What are the traits between Frank Capras America and Oliver Stones America America is said to be strong willed enterprising materialistic nationalistic and stubborn But would any of these really encompass the true nature of the American society Some would say yes and some no The idea of the American society is a widely debated subject and from my viewing of 1940s movie Its a Wonderful Life by Frank Capra one that has been around for some time Natural Born Killers a 1990s movie by Oliver Stone is a much more modern movie that also comments on the inherent values of the American Society but in a far different way than Capras Its a Wonderful Life For movies directed and shot decades apart surprisingly there were two major aspects of the movies that coincided and played major roles in the basis for each directors beliefs and in how people chose to live their lives in society Frank Capras Its a Wonderful Life and Oliver Stones Natural Born Killers both use the themes of media and a sense of something missing in America as a means of influencing the American society Although the two directors see the vehicle by which America is molded as being the same they in no way shape or form agree on what becomes of this society after the fact In Frank Capras Its a Wonderful Life Capra believes that the average America is inherently good and people need to find the beauty in the everyday experience and in the truth that our lives intertwine with all those around us Oliver Stones Natural Born Killers in stark contrast to Its A Wonderful Life paints a picture of America as people thrusting for violence and just about any other freakish outrageous thing it can get its eyes on in order to fill the void that is theriving force behind these wants Capra saw America as most did in his time as a
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