The public is invited to enjoy the Capra classic ”Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” as part of a free movie series on Sunday, May 15 at Mission Viejo City Hall. Attendees will also receive a pocket Constitution that includes the Declaration of Independence in modern English.
The G-rated film, which airs at 2 p.m., is sponsored by the City’s Community of Character Committee. The movie coincides with May’s character trait of “moral courage.”
The film stars James Stewart in the role of Jefferson Smith, an innocent, idealistic young man who encounters corruption as a newly-appointed senator in Washington. Considered one of the true classics in the history of American movies, the film highlights the importance of moral courage in the fight against corruption. The movie was nominated for 11 Academy Awards (in the same year as “Gone With the Wind” and “The Wizard of Oz”) and has also been included in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry for being historically and culturally significant.
Character educator Elaine Portnoy and history teacher Bob Hayes will lead a brief discussion following the film, which will be shown on a theater-size screen with theater-style seating and surround-sound at 200 Civic Center, just across from the Mission Viejo Library.
For more information about this free event, call 949-470-3094.