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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…
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…
Yes it's a bit cheesy and sentimental, but that last section is Jimmy Stewart at his best.
Rousingly optimistic and buoyantly sentimental, Capra's classic defies dismissal as simple rah-rah Americana or treacly pap, subjecting the Democratic system at the nation's heart to a searingly honest interrogation and testing Stewart's stalwart idealism and patriotism by dragging him through the dirtiest of the system's moral shallows.
Stewart too gains considerable depth in Capra and screenwriter Buchman's nuanced handling, hardly the corn-fed innocent he first appears to be. Stewart pairs his sincere naivete and awed amazement with a volatile temper and burning intensity that is both fuelled by his staunch moral code and idealistic beliefs and is then funneled into his dogged determinism as he wages his own—perfectly scaled, minor—war against the system.
The shrewd cynicism of the film's depiction…
These days he'd probably be filibustered -- or just busted -- for proposing a camp specifically for boys.
It was nice to see James Stewart in this early picture. His aw-shucks persona was perfect for the role. I expected it to be more of a comedy than it turned out to be.
This is a two star movie at best without Stewart. With Stewart it's at least a three and a half. His performance is riveting and IMHO better than his performance in it's a wonderful life. Humble, enthusiastic, naïve, all the qualities you want in your Senator.
I want to go to Washington!
See this for Stewart alone. This guy is great.
A moving drama starring Jimmy Stewart.
Iconic as it is, with Jimmy Stewart filibustering on the floor of the Senate until he passes out, I’d never actually watched Mr. Smith Goes to Washington until last Friday, when my daughter and I watched it.
It’s easy to see how this film catapulted Stewart to stardom. And Jean Arthur is a real peach here, too. It’s a great movie.
It’s amazingly dark, really. When bright-eyed Mr. Jefferson Smith gets hand-picked to fill a Senate seat from an unnamed state, sent by the powers that be to fill a spot and vote along the lines of his fellow state Senator (Claude Rains), he’s agog at all the monuments to American heroes, statesmen, the ideals of democracy, that he gets…
Great movie anchored by a fantastic lead actor and actress performance, great story and still holds up today
I think Mr. Smith goes to Washington is a grand film, it in encapsulates the corruption of politicians, it's a said truth that it's not much better than now in fact some would argue that it's worse today. Corporate corruption is a gigantic problem, its so overwhelming how bad it has gotten unfortunately, many people are afraid and distrust the government, but the bulk of the reason why there is so much corruption at least in both developed and developing capitalist nations is the moneyed interests. It must be a sad process to see unfold, young dedicated, passionate politicians going in for a legitimate change, not looking for personal gain and than they get into only to be immersed with…
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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