Cinema: God Is Nice


Directed by Carl Reiner Screenplay by Larry Gelbart

Look at it this way: If you were God and chose to manifest yourself on earth, wouldn't you give serious consideration to appearing as George Burns? The man has always had a quietly authoritative air about him—a realist who has somehow avoided the trap of cynicism. Better still, he is one of the rare comedians who have never begged an audience for sympathy (a business as fatal to comic belief as it is to divine belief). Burns maintains a reserve, a dignity that must surely...

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