Posted on 11/28/12 08:12 PM
When the senator's chair becomes available, political members seek a man that is willing to (and naīve enough) to take the position without effecting the static quo or the generic regime. There are fitting comparisons between separate film-makers, and Capra and Wilder would most definitely fit quite well into that category. Similar to Wilder, Capra was a man that audaciously dethroned humanities idealized values, and boy, does he succeed with "Mr. Smith goes to Washington." Capra portrays a world with the continuous, prominent battle: the common man vs the big man (not physically but rather politically or economically). Capra obviously wanted to challenge Americas strong-hold of pride: Independence. Through a battle of liberty and democracy against the likes of cynicism and oppression, Capra's film hits with contemporary resonance like a sledgehammer. And the while the notions of liberty and oppression may seem tiresome (even for a person who doesn't watch movies), it's Jimmy Stewart's performance and his portrayal of simplicity characteristics found within the 'common man' that greatly elevates "Mr. Smith goes to Washington" to a great and profounding effect.