Thursday, January 7, 2010

Capsule Review: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Frank Capra gets a lot of grief for the often schmaltzy content of his films, but sometimes things come together just right and even a jaded Canadian like myself has to fill himself with patriotic American pride. While the story of a down to earth young American man finding himself elected to the corrupt U.S. Senate might seem a bit far fetched, Jimmy Stewart's amazing performance keeps things grounded in some measure of reality and seeing his faith in the American political system shaken by the greed around him is truly painful to witness. His climactic filibuster on the floor of the Senate is the stuff of legend, with Claude Rains – amazing as always – going toe to toe with Stewart every step of the way.

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