Mr. Smith Goes to Washington show us the corruption at the heart of the nation’s capital. We see the intertwined interests of government, business, and media outlets on display. We see the cynicism and political theater that Jefferson Smith faces as he tries to work for the people.
It leads to my question:
*Is Mr. Smith Goes to Washington an anti-political political drama?
In other words, do you think the political corruption in the film is normal Washington (“compromise” is what Senator Payne calls it), or can DC politics truly exist along Smith’s democratic ideals?
What is Capra telling us here about the state of democracy? Can it be salvaged? Is he sounding an alarm?
Be sure to reference specific scenes and/or details of the film in your response.