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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…
A young and idealistic senator, unaware with his surroundings, entangles himself in Government corruption. His dream of being a politician diminishes when he discovers the deception. Dreams aren't meant to crush and destroy us; they're meant to allow us to discover ourselves. He weeps for his banishment, but refuses to go, wanting to prove his innocence, and the deception his countrymen know nothing about. His last breathe, his filibuster. It rattles the nation, and breaks Jefferson Smith down. Finally, the Senate's roadblock is down, but the lasting effects are everlasting.
One of the greatest films ever made.
Se fosse a cores pareceria o Brasil de hoje. Exceto pelo final, que jamais vai ser feliz.
well crafted drama
Film 74- #22: Frank Capra
I watched this in class at school. It was nice this was able to help me on The Summer Of Directors Challenge. Anyhow, holy crap this was good.
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington manages to both be loving of america, while not being afraid to criticize it at the same time. Capra managed to produce bursting emotion throughout the film, which would later be expanded upon with It’s A Wonderful Life.
Jimmy Stewart Is God.
I guess my only problem may be the love triangle subplot. Technically, it did have significance in the outcome of the film, but while watching it, it felt like it was just there to have a romantic subplot.
It’s nice one of my favorite flicks of the month was required school viewing. I think it was me and one other guy who was loving it. Fabulous film.
Rousing and fun and important.
It's Jean Arthur's word's of encouragement to a Jefferson Smith about to give up and go home that really moves me. Those words are timeless and a reminder to not lose our convictions...to not "let the bastards get you down."
Iako je film malko prenatrpan idejama americkog sna, ustava i deklaracije nezavisnosti Kapra se ne libi da na jedan duhovit nacin preispita i pokaže iskvarenost jednog državnog aparata, za koji mnogi misle da je skoro pa bezgrešan. Sasvim pristojna rola mladog Džejmsa Stjuarta....
Jimmy Stewart was the most emotionally realistic robot ever built, his designers should be proud.
That sort of cornball drama and pure principled power that only James Stewart and Frank Capra could turn into something purely majestic. The fillibuster scene is simply one of the most majestic synergies of camera, actor and script to hit the screen.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!