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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 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.
Directed by Frank…
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 –…
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,…
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…
I wish I had much to add. It's better than I expected to give it credit for being.
I teared up despite those wacky libertarian politics.
An old classic, a modern fable that elevates Mr. Smith to the class of american folk hero. James Stewart does a great job playing the determined, honest, and naive Jeff Smith, perhaps to a fault. His over-the-top wide-eyed idealism verges on childish. Claude Rains does helps ground the movie with a solid performance. Controversial at the time of it's release, the movie displays some dark and extensive political corruption. It actually seems like all hope is lost and the movie might end on a grim note but a miracle saves the happy ending.
2de keer dat ik hem bekeken heb. Vond hem vorige keer ook al perfect, maar nu nog beter. Waar ik dus kan uit opmaken dat m'n smaak strenger geworden is. Nu, ik geef minder lang punten op letterboxd dan ik de vorige keer Mr. Smith Goes to Washington gezien heb, dus dat maakt dan weer niet zo heel veel uit voor statistieken enzo. Het is meer een mentale opmerking.
The comedy is too broad (especially in the insistent cuteness of the children, or Stewart's wide-eyed “oh golly” routine); the politics are too broad (the dichotomy between the cynical, villainous rich and the good-hearted but naive poor they all too easily exploit is an insulting sort of populism); it has “more of the heartfelt in it than is good for the stomach,” as Kael put it so well; and one could play a pretty lethal drinking game tracking every time Boys are referred to as some monolith of virtuous innocence incarnate. But yet, aw heck, it won me over. For every hamfisted touch (how many times, exactly, did we need to see the president hiding an approving smile?) there’s a…
Classic. Sure the ending is pretty abrupt, and sure Mr. Smith is quite literally a Boy Scout, but man this is a great film about the potential of the American political system. Seems impossible for such an idealistic story to be made today, but it's still outstanding, no matter how naive. This is the hope, right? That one man can rise above the corruption and money of politics and make a difference.
Added bonus: Man, Jimmy Stewart is skinny.
Disclaimer: This is the 4th installment in my ongoing examination of all 10 films nominated for Best Picture, or "Outstanding Production" as it was then known, during Hollywood's so-called golden year of 1939.
Now we get into the real meat and potatoes of the Best Picture lineup of 1939 with Frank Capra's iconic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. There's arguably no other filmmaker before or since more adept at manipulating one's emotions then Frank Capra. The film ultimately boils down to a simple story of good versus evil as the eponymous Mr. Smith, an idealistic young Senator, tackles corruption within the U.S. Senate that threatens to destroy not only his reputation but also how he sees his own country. What…
A nice tale of honor, courage, and Americanism.
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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…