In celebration of America’s independence, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is HBC’s movie of the week! From the iconic director of american cinema, Frank Capra. Starring also my all time favorite actor, Jimmy Stewart. Now, in my own opinion, I think this is a very good film. I think you also will like it. What seems to me most earnest about it is the patriotism it shows when this film came out in between wartimes (1939). Meaning this movie was made without any illicit propagandistic intention (like say ‘Casablanca’). This movie displays the moral of standing up doing the right thing even when others do not (a classic Capra move!) Jean Arthur embodies the smart yet jaded Saunders in a fantastic manner as well. Her character shows that by supporting those you believe in, you can make a difference. Even if something keeps you from being on that senate floor, there is still a power that you hold yourself. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington encourages us all to show more compassion and earnest behavior.
This film is simply stunning too. While the focus in some shots seem to be soft (and not meant for viewing on a 4k TV in my living room). This film contains some of the greatest cinematography I’ve seen. If this movie were to be made today, technicolor simply wouldn’t do. Cinematographer Joseph Walker honed the power of contrast marvelously. Especially in the “stolen footage” where Jimmy Starwart is visiting the national landmarks around Washington D.C. Let me know if you agree!
The college student may say that our country belongs to landed gentry. The nihilist would say that this country belongs to those who buy it. (While the Zionist could say this whole country belongs to Israel!) But what this movie says is that America belongs to We The People. Yes there is corruption and yes our elected officials bend to greed at times. However, there is a way for good yet to proceed. The power of our government derives solely from the consent of the governed (that’s us!)