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PHILOSOPHY & FILM: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

_Mr. Smith Goes to Washington_ is the definitive political morality tale of an upstanding public representative who uses the institutions of American democracy to take on a corrupt establishment machine. After the film, Dr. Carl Fox will discuss some key themes of the film. In particular, he will ask what kind of public representatives we really want, whether we are selling ourselves short as citizens by overemphasising the significance of the virtues or vices of our leaders, and if the film identifies any reasons for optimism about the future of democracy. DIRECTOR: Frank Capra DETAILS: United States, 1939, 129mins, U STARRING: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains ASSOCIATION: The University of Leeds

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