American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or evocative of the movies of Frank Capra, often promoting the positive social effects of individual acts of courage.
“Before "Capraesque": Early Frank Capra (PFA, 6: 30)”
“Before "Capraesque": Early Frank Capra (PFA, 8: 20)”
“Here's where I get all Frank Capraesque... as in Frank Capra, the director who portrayed the power of the little people.”
“A Capraesque feeling pervaded the gathering, with a line up of speakers delivering speeches with a can-do spirit -- sharing the Jimmy Stewart role.”
“Shrek Forever After is based on the Capraesque concept of Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) being bored and frustrated as a married ogre and, more pertinently, an ex-celebrity.”
“Among the many points discussed are the failure of the mainstream media to adequately cover several controversial events during the Bush Administration; the role of film, documentary or narrative feature, in realizing the public's deeply desired dreams, which includes a search for heroes; and how these films may have prepared us to embrace and elect perhaps our most Capraesque political figure to date -- Barack Hussein Obama.”
“An almost Capraesque feeling of optimism has replaced the bitter resignation resulting from eight confounding Bush years.”
“Gervasi himself called it “a twisted, romantic comedy, very dark and funny,” which the trades refer to it as a romantic comedy and Capraesque.”
“The trade, meanwhile, calls the film a “Capraesque romantic comedy” about “a bighearted man who is falsely accused of robbing a bank in Buffalo.””
“It is, quite deliberately, a "Mr. Smith Goes to the Assassination," complete with a climactic courtroom peroration that is a 90-proof Capraesque barn raiser, down to the Jimmy Stewart catch in Costner's throat.”
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