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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…
Politics for the naive with James Stewart's first legendary performance! Wouldn't have been as effective without the heavies he was up against, so massive kudos to Edward Arnold, Claude Rains & Guy Kibbee trying to break this young senators down. But Stewart and his gullible persona was so perfect for the spirit of this film. All heart against the high and mighty senators with undeniable assistance from Jean Arthur. A wonderful battle!
And so the young idealist, Jefferson Smith, goes to Washington as a worshipful disciple of the White Knight; discovers he has feet of clay; desperately tries to convince the Senators the White Knight is a fraud (in a filibuster). . .until ... Well, until gutty ideals, the words of Lincoln, the wit of Jean Arthur, plus a one-man filibuster, and the conscience of the White Knight--all drive relentlessly toward an emotion-packed climax.
-Frank Capra, The Name Above the Title
Right there's the essence of Capra's appeal. Sure, it's corny, he lays it on thick, it's completely illogical and doesn't represent the world as it works, but it wouldn't work any other way. Instead of a depiction of reality, recognizable narratives…
One might think that Frank Capra's earnest and sincere portraiture of the American political landscape might be too hokey or too staid for today's audience particularly during our current election cycle... and one would be wrong. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Amidst the political backstabbing and sniping, Capra's ode to American idealism is all the more resonant.
I've always liked this movie... after this viewing on the big screen, I fell in love with it.
And there you were, thinking only your country had rotten politicians. Nearly 80 years later this still rings true, bit by bit.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is the effect on how one man is when it comes to American politics. This is a film that shows how corrupt the senate can get.
The movie stars James Stewart who is chosen as a replacement for the recent deceased senator. Even though he has no experience in American politics he is chosen in order to please the people and out of manipulation from Hubert Hopper played by Guy Kibbee out of his the corrupt political boss Jim Taylor played by Edward Arnold. He is taken under the wing of Senator Joseph Paine played by Claude Rains who is a friend of his late father. He also meets Paine's daughter Susan played by Astrid…
One of the best movies I've seen in a long time. It's political themes--of idealism vs. corruption--resonate as much today as they did in 1939 when the the film was made (which might be sad in some ways, but also undeniably hopeful in this classic David against Goliath story line). This might also be one of my favorite James Stewart performances. The movie is excellently written, with moments that felt downright empowering. Nowadays, in a time when politics seems to be run by scandal and controversy, a movie like this reminds everyone of what the American democratic system was meant to be. It's hard to sum up this movie myself, especially since the original writers did such an excellent job.…
This is Capra's masterpiece and arguably Jimmy Stewart's finest performance. A true classic!
Few movies are able to present situations in a way that over 75 years later it is still a problem that people care about. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a movie that does it in a way that makes it seem real. The writing is one of the big things that allows it to do so. The story and screenplay are both exceptional. The way it shows corruption in government is down in a poignant way making it a film that will be able to impact culture for years to come. The greatest part of the film was Jimmy Stewart's awe inspired performance. This was the first film I've seen of his and I could already see the passion…
An acting show of James Stewart, in a film that unfortunately remains increasingly present. A portrait of how democracy is perverted and destroyed inside who else believes in it, the world needs more politicians like Jefferson Smith.
Capra-porn. The "visiting the monuments" montage is peak America.
A list that, if nothing else, proves the day-to-day usefulness of applied statistics.
Between 2015 and 2016, a series of…
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…