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Film showing kicks off Congress Week

By Staff | Mar 21, 2014

Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies to kick off Congress Week with a free screening of Frank Capra’s classic film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7 p.m. The event will mark the beginning of Congress Week (April 1-7), which this year honor’s the 225th anniversary of the first meeting of Congress.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is widely considered Frank Capra’s masterpiece, and it remains one of the most popular and widely-referenced depictions of the American political system on film.

Starring Jimmy Stewart as Jefferson Smith, a young, newly appointed senator whose idealism runs headlong into entrenched opposition and political corruption in Washington D.C., the movie highlights some of the American political system’s primary strengths and weaknesses and touches on several issues that remain relevant today, including the mass media’s influence and the role of money in politics.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington has received continued acclaim since its release. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning for Best Original Story, in 1939, and in 1989, the Library of Congress included it in the first class of movies added to the National Film Registry.

The screening will take place in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies auditorium at 213 N. King St. on the campus of Shepherd University. An informal discussion will follow the film, which has a 2 hour and 10 minute running time.

Admission is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. The Byrd CLS recommends attendees reserve seats in advance by contacting Mr. Jody Brumage at 304-876-5702 or jbrumage@shepherd.edu.

For more information on this event or Congress Week, please visit our website, www.byrdcenter.org