• Film Independent Goes to Washington. See What's Happened, What's Coming Up

    6 days ago - By Film Independent

    A longtime favorite of rep programmers and civics classrooms alike, Frank Capra's classic 1939 political fable Mr. Smith Goes to Washington tells the story of a naïve young scout leader who improbably finds himself elevated to the position of U.S. Senator. Once inside the beltway, the titular Mr. Smith is soon confronted with harsh realities of modern politics, his idealistic view of American government sorely challenged. And, in the eight decades since the film's release, the suffix ...goes to Washington has often been invoked to characterize the struggles of ambitious political outsiders...
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