The RAI Goes to the Movies: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Mr Smith Goes to Washington (1939 poster)

This instalment of the RAI's film series will discuss Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939, dir. Frank Capra, 130 mins), based on Lewis R. Foster's unpublished story 'The Gentleman from Montana', in which a newly appointed United States Senator fights against a corrupt political system.

Introduced by Michael Hammond (Southampton).

Please watch the film in advance - it is available for free on the Internet Archive, or to rent or buy on YouTube, Google Play  or Amazon Prime.

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This event is open to all. No specialist knowledge of film or politics required.