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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…
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…
"He was waiting for a man who could see his job and sail into it, that's what he was waiting for."
- Clarissa Saunders
Frank Capra, a man of many masterpieces, has probably never created a film as fine as this. Extremely relevant to today's society, it is truly astounding to think just how timeless this film has become. Jimmy Stewart portrays Jefferson Smith, a replacement senator who comes to learn of the corruption within the U.S senate and is determined to see peace and glory return despite the overwhelming odds surrounding him.
Jefferson Smith has earned a spot on AFI's Heroes and Villains list, placed currently at #11. Jimmy Stewart's portrayal of Smith is arguably his second finest behind…
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…
This Frank Capra classic is not only a touching and ultimately uplifting look at the beauty of good natured ideals but also a powerful indictment of political corruption. Such a great and pure message that hasn't aged a day, and neither has its shockingly critical commentary. James Stewart plays Jefferson Smith (names don't get more American than that), an idealistic Boy Rangers leader who is appointed Senator by a governor of an unnamed western state who is being strong-armed by corrupt political boss Jim Taylor. Stewart shines as the embodiment of innocence and good intentions, warming the hearts of everyone he meets and shaming those who doubt his sincerity. First following him as he struggles to adjust to the hectic…
This. This is a classic. James Stewart is one of my favourite classic actors, and with a performance that shares a little similarity to Its a Wonderful Life a few years later, this film is well-shot, superbly acted and truly a film that keeps its message of sincerity, kindness and fighting for a better future.
Without delving into politics deeply, the film will continue to keep relevance as there will always be 'lost causes' and fights for a better future or freedom, and seeing James Stewart, whose character is nothing but honest, charitable and friendly captures me into the film. Not to mention that Stewart's characteristic of the nervous and modest man comes into play. In the scene when he…
One of my favorite movies. The quintessential little guy versus the Man. One of the classics that I'll watch again.
I get why people find this sublime, but was it really necessary to infantilize idealism to quite this extent? Did Jefferson Smith really need to be placed somewhere on the autistic spectrum, knowing various arcane details of American history but being somehow totally ignorant of how a bill becomes a law? Why is his pet legislative project so weird and dumb and like something an 11 year-old child might dream up? Why not make this passionate, prescient call for governmental integrity and paean to American values about a real person?
Frank Capra is a phenomenal director and Jimmy Stewart is definitely one of the greats. I also think that this may be one of Stewart's best roles. The character of Mr. Smith was just amazing. I loved to see his transformation from just an average guy with big ideas to an important political figure. The emotion in this film was definitely very well handled. It had so many riveting scenes and nothing felt fake. The only issues I had with it were that I wish they included another scene towards the end and that one of the important scenes in the movie felt a little too long. I'm sure the more that you watch this film the more that it grows on you. It is an absolute must-see for any film buff. I give it my highest recommendation. I'd give it a 9/10.
"Public opinion made to order"
It's so crazy that a film made so long ago can still be so relevant today. It's the ultimate battle versus good and evil. Corporations vs kids. It seems like that is one battle that has been going on since the beginning of time.
Mr Smith's down to earth personality not only makes his experiences in Washington compelling, since his overzealous idealism blinds him from the corruption happening under his nose, but it re-imagines a time when politicians were good. Like the Founding Fathers.
It's the aw shucks approach that gets him trouble with a political machine that runs his state. This episode reminded me of Chris Christie. His machine gotten so good that he…
The definition of a feel good film, with Jimmy Stewart playing the eponymous Smith. Standing up for all that is good and abstract in the world, Smith bulldozes over the complexity of Washington politics and challenges a political evil so vile that it will endanger children in order to get its way. The cinematography and writing is exemplary, and, apart from some awkward editing, the technical aspects of the film alone propel it into its place in the canon. By the end I couldn't tell if it was emotionally manipulative or simply emotionally effective. It's that sort of picture; a movie that launches a million good intentions.
Still prescient today, this film chronicles someone who is pure and honest and throws him in to the frying pan that is Washington D.C. and all the corruption that is going on there. This film was made 75 years ago!! The fact that this still, and probably more often now, is happening is almost as tragic as segments of this film.
How quickly things start falling apart around Stewart and how overwhelmed he becomes is fantastically done. The relationship he forms with the reluctant Jean Arthur comes together patiently and convincingly. Sure, the plucky, overmatched underdog going against the big, bad with a capital B politicians is familiar, but it is executed so well that it is not an issue at all.
Directed by Frank Capra this film based on the story “The Gentleman from Montana” stars Jean Arthur and James Stewart. An honest and idealistic young man is sent to Washington to replace a recently deceased Senator as a stooge for corrupt businessmen.
The story here is a classic example of American political idealism and celebration of the individual which may come off as a little naïve to those of us outsiders. At times the film itself is a little simplistic for my tastes but does make a decent poke at the eye of the corrupt political machine that still rumbles on today. What the film does do a good job of is show chasing how the Senate works and while at times it is more of a civics less than anything else is still fairly entertaining.
beating up reporters and running kids over with a truck.
I work in state government in the United States, so I'll be the first to admit that my impression of entertainment that take place in government are always going to be colored by my job. Of course, the government I work in is one that's more than 70 years older than the one depicted here, but there are still some similarities. Ultimately, while I found the film mostly enjoyable, the ending feels both preposterous and rushed. The film tends to drag during the middle, and then, once the ending is reached the movie is over, with no time spent exploring how the events of the ending will affect our main characters. Not bad, but I don't think I'd label it a classic.
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- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
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