Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
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It's not that the ending was bad, it's that it was too rushed. The film ended one minute after it reached it's culmination. There were no time left for everything to sink in. At least I think that that was the problem. Other than that, it's a very good and powerful movie. I almost wanted to be an american after watching it (you know, that free word and things like that sounds pretty awesome).
Oh, there was one more thing I didn't like - the way all the kids were portrayed in the film. Real children don't act and don't talk anything like that. Yes, that's common in older movies, but here they went too over the top. Like for example those kids sitting at the table in the beginning of the film. Or my favorite - black 10 year old shouting "Come on, bring on the paper!". It felt like some kind of commercial or a propaganda film. But hell do I know? Maybe in America children do work in senate instead of going to school...
For me this is one of those classics that was understandably really well received back then, but just doesn't get to me in any way. Stewart was good though, but I'm glad I'll never see this again.
What a strange movie, and a strange reaction that Americans have to it.
It's not just propaganda, but the main character is someone who bought into previous propaganda and is upset that the real world is different from the legends of governments past.
Jefferson, Hamilton, Washington, et al were all human beings who were greedy and petty and compromised on their ideals. The government of Capra's time or today's time is the same as it's ever been. People looking out for themselves.
Cinematically and thematically, this movie isn't very good.
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This movie ranks #5 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Cheers
This movie ranks #9 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #11 in IMDb's 1930s Top 50
This movie ranks #17 in iCheckMovies's 1930s Top 100
This movie ranks #26 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies
This movie ranks #75 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #96 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films
This movie ranks #98 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #101 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #125 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #202 in IMDb's Top 250
This movie ranks #222 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #576 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #754 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #930 in UNESCO's Memory of the World