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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.
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.…
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…
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 –…
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…
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…
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington may have been filmed in black and white, but it very clearly plays in red, white, and blue. This story of a naïve young patriot who is brought to Washington to be a patsy for some corrupt senators should have been a very miserable experience for me, what with its loving tongue-bath to the glory of America, however, it never once felt like the jingoistic mess it could have been. A big part of this is because the film doesn't assault you with patriotic ideals so much as it expresses them in an endearing, “aw shucks” kind of way. To this end, James Stewart is perfect in the title role,…
"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."
P.S. He's right.
First time watching this movie, and I got to say, it still a powerful one after all these years. Once the momentum hits full force in the second half, you can't look away. What a cast too. The Invisible Man himself, Claude Rains, and a good chunk of the It's a Wonderful Life players.
Though, it's James Stewart's show, Jean Arthur is right there with him. Truly wonderful.
Some elements don't seem as refined as others -- there are striking compositions, but then there are odd jump cuts and deep shots where the speaker is out of focus. And of course the whole thing drips with sentimentality, but I never got the sense that someone didn't believe everything thrown on screen completely and sincerely.
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When ever I see movies of the Golden Era of Hollywood, I am struck by the fact that how very on the nose they are. Don't misread this sentiment, I love Golden Era Movies and I have had my share, but it is a good comparison to the way movies changed with time. Now subtlety and subtext reign over the cinemas, but back in the day, when cinema was in its still nascent form, the movies hammered their point with black and white characters.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is one of those movies. It is a pretty good movie about the machinations and working of US Senate and how…
Frank Capra's "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" is a courageous and honest look into the inner workings of the United States government and the Senate. It is a masterfully directed film with sharp focus on characters and their motivations. The acting from everyone is phenomenal, but the standout performance for me watching this a third time was Jean Arthur. James Stewart was the PERFECT choice to play this character and it inspired Capra to cast him in his other masterpiece, "It's a Wonderful Life" seven years later. The film boasts one of the best scripts ever written. It obviously inspired Aaron Sorkin to write The West Wing and Beau Willimon to write House of Cards. It is very informative and extremely entertaining. The perfect film to show government or debate students, or just anyone in general.
Mr Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra, 1939) 10/10
Capra's excessive "corn" is actually a vicious attack on crooked politicians and politics in general. The brilliant screenplay uses every trick in the book promoting "Americana" while slyly getting digs at the "system". James Stewart is superb as the naive hick who joins the Senate and gradually wizens up to the tricks of the wily politicians (the equally superb Claude Rains & Eugene Pallette). Jean Arthur is the cynical journalist full of scorn for the hick which turns to admiration and love. The whole project is superbly held together by Capra's touch helped in great part by the superb group of character actors playing small but telling parts. A classic and a must see.
Jimmy Stewart gives a performance that would make my top 10 favorite acting performances, and this movie easily makes my Top 100 movies of all time. I'd never thought I'd such a sentimental political film would be so moving and kickass. Jefferson Smith, you got my vote. And Jean Arthur fills me with butterflies; she's an awesome independent woman. It's great cinema.
Also a special appreciation has to go to Thomas Mitchell who easily must've had the greatest acting year in the greatest year of cinema (1939). He was in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Gone With the Wind, Stagecoach, and Only Angels Have Wings (Holy Shit that's top notch!). And he was a unique character in each one. He deserves more of a fan base.
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Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…