Michael Lehmann on

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Released 1939
Distributor Columbia

This most beloved of all political movie classics has influenced generations of politicos and filmmakers, but Michael Lehmann has a surprisingly darker take on it in light of current events. Two-time Capra biographer Joseph McBride talks about his illuminating biographies here.

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About Michael Lehmann

Michael Lehmann has directed nine feature films, including HeathersHudson HawkThe Truth About Cats and Dogs, and Because I Said So.  Among his numerous television directing credits are HomicideThe West WingThe Larry Sanders Show, Big Love, Californication, American Horror Story, Dexter and True Blood. He recently wrote and directed Betas, a pilot for Amazon Studios that has been ordered to series.

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