Wednesday, June 15, 2011

STATE OF THE UNION (Frank Capra, 1948)


Frank Capra's last great film is a familiar and irresistible mix of vicious political satire and all-American fairy tale. This time he has Mr. Tracy go to Washington, with a huggable, hyper-adroit Katharine Hepburn out to prove that behind every great man is a great woman. A very young, very Angela Lansbury plays the bitch from hell - and by hell, Capra means Washington (which, incidentally, doesn't appear to have evolved much in the intervening six decades).

Aside from a couple of plane chases, it's a talky affair, but the talk is fabulous.


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