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10 Years - 100 Movies | 2019 Movies on the Roof

Movies on the Roof is a private movie festival run by Laura Lanford and Thomas Rammer. We screen classic American cinema Tuesday evenings during summer on a rooftop in Printer's Row.

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The Final Season - Week 4: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

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Frank Capra, 1939

Though director Frank Capra's work has been characterized as sentimental and pat, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is quite a cynical film. Though the titular character (Jimmy Stewart) is full of naive optimism, Capra's characterization of the American Congress was unflattering enough to prompt a request to withdraw the film from European distribution to avoid damaging America's reputation while the company was at the eve of World War II.

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