Frank Capra

1897 - 1991

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Frank Russell Capra (born Francesco Rosario Capra; May 18, 1897 – September 3, 1991) was an Italian-born American film director, producer, and screenwriter who was the creative force behind some of the major award-winning films of the 1930s and 1940s. Born in Italy and raised in Los Angeles from the age of five, his rags-to-riches story has led film historians such as Ian Freer to consider him the "American Dream personified". Capra became one of America's most influential directors during the 1930s, winning three Academy Awards for Best Director from six nominations, along with three other Oscar wins from nine nominations in other categories. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Frank Capra has received more than 3,014,559 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Frank Capra is the 71st most popular film director (up from 73rd in 2019), the 616th most popular biography from Italy (down from 603rd in 2019) and the 10th most popular Italian Film Director.

Frank Capra is most famous for being a film director, producer, and writer. He is best known for directing the films "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."

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Over the past year Frank Capra has had the most page views in the with 370,355 views, followed by Italian (87,471), and Spanish (43,514). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Estonian (395.71%), Telugu (313.55%), and Esperanto (84.32%)


Among film directors, Frank Capra ranks 71 out of 2,041Before him are Robert Zemeckis, Éric Rohmer, David Cronenberg, Chuck Jones, Theo Angelopoulos, and Dziga Vertov. After him are Christopher Nolan, Ernst Lubitsch, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Alain Resnais, Sydney Pollack, and William Wyler.

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Among people born in 1897, Frank Capra ranks 21Before him are Louis Aragon, Norbert Elias, Ferenc Szálasi, Soong Mei-ling, Gordon Allport, and Tadeusz Reichstein. After him are Kurt Schuschnigg, Pola Negri, Thích Quảng Đức, Odd Hassel, Yun Posun, and Enid Blyton. Among people deceased in 1991, Frank Capra ranks 19Before him are John Bardeen, Miles Davis, Gustáv Husák, Soichiro Honda, Graham Greene, and Lazar Kaganovich. After him are Michael Landon, Marcel Lefebvre, Rajiv Gandhi, Oona O'Neill, Arno Breker, and Margot Fonteyn.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Frank Capra ranks 616 out of 5,161Before him are Cosima Wagner (1837), Constans (320), Pinturicchio (1454), Alessandro Manzoni (1785), Charles II of Naples (1254), and Publius Clodius Pulcher (-90). After him are Maria Amalia of Naples and Sicily (1782), Domenico Cimarosa (1749), Olybrius (400), Arrigo Sacchi (1946), Bernardo Bellotto (1721), and Andrew III of Hungary (1265).


Among film directors born in Italy, Frank Capra ranks 10Before him are Sergio Leone (1929), Bernardo Bertolucci (1941), Michelangelo Antonioni (1912), Tinto Brass (1933), Vittorio De Sica (1901), and Roberto Rossellini (1906). After him are Franco Zeffirelli (1923), Dario Argento (1940), Giuseppe Tornatore (1956), Ettore Scola (1931), Sergio Corbucci (1926), and Gillo Pontecorvo (1919).