Cinema Under the Stars: Heroes and Legends
This summer's cinema will reach Homeric proportions in the seventh annual film series co-presented by the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. The gates open at 8 p.m., and the movies will be screened on Friday evenings August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31. Weather permitting, the movies will be shown on the front lawn at 9 p.m. In case of rain, they will be shown in the Babcock Auditorium. Beer and wine will be available for purchase only, and filmgoers are encouraged to arrive early and picnic on the lawn.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), 129 min.
Directed by Frank Capra
A politically naive Jefferson Smith (James Steward) is hand-picked for the Senate but proves surprisingly independent of the Washington "machine." Director Frank Capra intended his main character to represent an updated version of Abraham Lincoln, with "the rail-splitter's simplicity, compassion, ideals, humor, and unswerving moral courage under pressure." The superb cast includes Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, and Harey Carey.