"It's a Wonderful Life" Described in TheatreVision by President G.W. Bush
Politico: "Bush Narrates 'It's A Wonderful Life'"
"Bush Narrates 'It's A Wonderful Life'"
By KARIN TANABE | 12/23/10 8:47 AM EST
Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life," is the quintessential holiday movie for generations of Americans. On Christmas Eve, it's going to take on a whole new meaning for the visually impaired.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the classic black-and-white film will be complemented by a detailed oral description recorded by George. H.W. Bush, when it airs on NBC on the Dec. 24. The paper points out that it was Bush 41 "who signed the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990."
Anyone who is taking in "It's a Wonderful Life" on Christmas Eve can switch over to the Second Audio Program (SAP) channel and listen to the former president's interpretation of the movie on simulcast.
Bush's recording will not only add another dimension for the visually impaired taking in the film, but as the paper points out, is also part of a fundraising effort by non-profit RP International to "help save the School for the Blind in Van Nuys, Calif."
You can see a clip of Bush recording the simulcast on the RP International website.
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According to many over the years, "It's a Wonderful Life" is a wonderful holiday movie. But millions of Americans who are visually impaired can only hear the dialog of Frank Capra's 1946 black-and-white classic.
No longer. This year former President George H.W. Bush (No. 41) has recorded an oral description of the entire movie. He was the president who signed the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.
So this Friday evening, which just happens to be Christmas Eve, as NBC broadcasts the film nationally, anyone can click on the SAP channel and hear the one-time commander in chief's grandfatherly narration on simulcast. (It has the same happy ending.)
It's part of a national fundraising effort by RP International to help save the School for the Blind in Van Nuys, Calif. According to RPI, only 7,500 people each donating only $10 would enable it to reach the financial goal. Donations possible right here.