I am currently watching Meet John Doe
by Frank Capra, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper, on WGN of Chicago (how appropriate!) There's pervasive joblessness, wide financial difficulties, a newspaper downsizing, corrupt politicians, hoboes and baseball. Ms. Stanwyck, a cynical reporter, creates a fictitious John Doe because she is desperate to hold onto her job, which supports her mother and two younger sisters. As she tries to compose a political speech for Cooper to deliver on the local radio station, her mother says, "People are tired of all that doom and gloom. They want something that's simple and real and full of hope." (This is an approximate quotation.)
Capra was humane, decent, intensely democratic, patriotic, and full of a cockeyed optimism. No one has come close to this mixture for many, many years. The remakes of his films have been mediocre and hardly optimistic or funny. I would guess the closest directors nowadays would be from Scotland or England.
Who would you suggest as his possible successor(s) and why?
Hope you folks with time off are enjoying it!