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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Romance, drama, laughter and heartbreak... created out of the very heart and soil of America!
Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed on a lark by the spineless governor of his state. He is reunited with the state's senior senator--presidential hopeful and childhood hero, Senator Joseph Paine. In Washington, however, Smith discovers many of the shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national boys' camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss, Jim Taylor. Taylor first tries to corrupt Smith and then later attempts to destroy Smith through a scandal.
In the middle of Mr Smith Goes to Washington, our overenthusiastic but lovable protagonist Jefferson Smith has this to say:
Liberty's too precious a thing to be buried in books, Miss Saunders. Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say: I'm free to think and to speak. My ancestors couldn't, I can, and my children will. Boys ought to grow up remembering that.
That's beautiful. That piece of dialogue right there convinced me once and for all that Frank Capra's film had its heart in the right place. After that, I dropped all my doubts and allowed the film's over-optimistic but admirable sentiments to wash over me.
It's worth noting that…
Infused with heavy dose of patriotism, exhibiting excellent use of humour & starring James Stewart in the role that instantly propelled the then-young actor into the spotlight, Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is another quality product from the notable filmmaker that skilfully presents its support of democracy & is now counted amongst the great American films of its era.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington follows the political adventures of Jefferson Smith; leader of The Boy Rangers who is appointed by the State Governor to fill a vacancy in the US Senate after the untimely death of the previous Senator. Young, naive & idealistic, Smith discovers an entirely different world on his arrival to Washington & soon decides to stand up against corruption.…
As timely today as it was 75 years ago, Frank Capra's "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" is an enchanting political fairy tale. Instead of knights jousting with dragons, the film finds idealistic senators taking on corruption in government. The film is painted in broad narrative and thematic strokes, but it is a pleasing, entertaining piece of work whose delights are many.
Jefferson Smith, appointed by his state's governor to serve in the US Senate, is the focus of the film. In Washington, Smith is floored by the American seat of power both in terms of the city's history and its obstinate governing bodies. The corruption is thick here and at home, and Smith soon finds himself fighting against the political…
Film #27 of Project 30
”Dad always used to say the only causes worth fighting for were the lost causes.”
In his first major cinematic role the mighty James Stewart uses his incredible talent to portray the passionate and idealistic Jefferson Smith whose innocence and determination enable him to stand up and fight the corruption, dishonesty and deceitfulness of the villainous senators, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is the typical Frank Capra movie, a heart-warming, idealistic and feel-good story filled with hope, faith and courage. It is an inspiring and cheerful celebration of bravery and character strength which at times becomes very affective and emotionally stimulating too, Jimmie Stewart’s performance is sensational and the film gives a pretty good –…
During the acceptance speech for his AFI Lifetime Achievement award, Director Frank Capra took a moment to share some advice with the young filmmakers of the day. "Don't compromise," Mr. Capra cautioned, "believe in yourself; because only the valiant can create, only the daring should make films, and only the morally corageous are worthy of speaking to their fellow man for two hours and in the dark."
I can think of few directors who are so worthy of such a privilege, and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" is a prime example as to why. Frank Capra presents an unflinching look into political corruption at the national level, and through this dialectic analysis offers a true-blue American ideal in the form…
Upcoming Movie of the Week at The Dissolve, so it was time for a rewatch. Hoo boy, does this movie ever lay it on thick. The bad guys are inveterate monsters; the good guy is an all-American idealist who loves his mom, the Bible, everything the Founding Fathers ever wrote, good clean boyhood innocence, and America, not necessarily in that order. The film lays on the injustice mercilessly, with a trowel, and lays on the patriotism even thicker, especially during a "Lookie here, ma, I'm in Washington!" montage of monuments and flags. It's all pretty grotesquely overdone and shameless.
But it's so effective. Jimmy Stewart practically has a hayseed stalk and a couple of spare Aw-shuckses sticking out of his…
Still as timely as ever.
A film denouncing the worst kind of political corruption might seem like the perfect antidote to the vitriolic political machinations that we're currently living through, but optimistic naivety will do nothing to battle the systemic corruption that plagues our nations politics. Not even if Jimmy Stewart is the optimist behind it. This film attempts to rally America behind idealistic values but offers no solution of how to overcome the problems that we have. If you want to "make America great again," you have to have more than good speeches and a catchy slogan.
starting a movie with a death of senator and trying to alter him with someone could be stooge for the political powerful men in the state and bringing an honest dreamer young man who know nothing about politics, all these gives us the complete plot and climax of the movie in the first 10 minutes of the movie which make it so predictable case of political conflict between good and evil . But, what makes the movie shines is the well crafted dialogues containing sense of humor with some serious talking about future, politic, principles, creation of a communication between kids and try to build honest patriotic persons out of them .
young james stewart is doing great performance here with so good development of his character allowed him to show his potentials .
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is pretty good. It's got spectacular acting by Stewart, Arthur, and Rains and is fairly entertaining throughout. Stewart embodies Mr. Smith's idealism in such a perfect way, the audience finds themselves similar to Saunders, falling in love with him as the film goes on. Capra's montages are pretty phenomenal too. Unfortunately, the film partakes in far too much cheese, even for a movie of its era, that is more distracting than anything. From Mr. Smith going around punching newspaper readers in the nose to a political machine hitting kids with a truck to quiet them, it gets a bit too ridiculous much too frequently. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a solid fun look at the Senate, but finds itself to bogged down in trying to convince the audience that it is fun.
Have you ever wondered what Steve Rogers would be like if he suddenly became a senator instead of a super soldier? This is that movie. It's inspiring in its simplicity, making us feel the weight Jeffeson Smith carries on his shoulders and the impossible odds he faces. A truly great film that will likely always feel relevant.
I think this may be Stewart's best
Frank Capra's 1939 populist masterpiece political drama not only creates an excellent example of why Capra is such an acclaimed filmmaker, but also stands as a beautifully patriotic, sincere and life affirming film, about the power of truth and character over lies and compromise, and how, when the cause is truly just, one man can do great things.
Capra's direction, as always, is pitch perfect. Balancing a wry ribbing on the Washington Waltz of Politics, with an utterly heartfelt sense of faith in the power of the American ideals of Truth and Justice and Democracy, Capra creates a film that wears it's unabashedly patriotic heart on its sleeve, while also not being blind to the darker corners of Washington politics.…
Overall a dated, harmless, corny-but-enjoyable film.
James Stewart is incredibly likable as your all American every man.
The editing seems wildly odd at times- very jarring.
The beginning of the third act drags it's feet so badly it almost brings the film to a halt..... And I would propose the film would be better off written as a 5 act narrative, so the pacing would be faster and more things happen.
But overall an enjoyable film about standing up for your beliefs, corruption in the government, and doing what is right.
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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