Film Series: The Will of the People: Meet John Doe
“The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.” – Thomas Jefferson. Gather with the people to watch and discuss films that explore the will of the people, and how it influences our politics and culture. This sampling of great movies touches on a variety of the topics around the subject – from individualism and being a lone voice in the wilderness to the power of the masses. Films followed by guided discussion.
Directed by Frank Capra. Starring Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck.
“Meet John Doe is Capra's wonderful, message-laden populist melodramatic tale about the common man. The sentimental, hard-hitting film is often grouped into a populist trilogy of Capra films about American individualism - associated with Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). With all-time persuasive performances by both Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper, this sobering film remains an important social commentary. Cooper won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in Sergeant York in the same year.” Tim Dirks, filmsite.org. 122 minutes. Not rated.
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