The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed.

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What made the western Hollywood’s blockbuster staple in the middle of the 20th century? In the years after World War II, perhaps American audiences were taking solace in a historical setting that celebrated the young country’s position as a newly minted superpower. I don’t know. But The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance makes me sure it was something more than just a fad. Continue reading “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the US Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn’t back down.

This film pushes The Treasure of the Sierra Madre out of the top spot for my favourite classic film. There’s something incredibly charming about Mr. Smith Goes to Washington – appealing to the adult in me with a commentary that rings eerily but unsurprisingly true after almost eighty years, and appealing to the child in me with humour and a naive and out-of-his-depth character I can relate to. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington gives a good insight into how I feel trying to get my head around House of Cards. Continue reading “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”