State of the Union

Screening on Film
Directed by Frank Capra.
With Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Van Johnson.
US, 1948, 35mm, black & white, 124 min.
Print source: Universal Studios

To me, films were novels filled with living people. I cast actors that I believed could be those living people [...].

Tracy, the actor, had never manufactured even a hairpin, yet mentally, physically, and psychologically he was the very rich American industrialist who wanted to put his know-how and ideals about democracy into the service of better government. And Hepburn, the actress, was the very-much-in-love wife who saw the ideals and hopes of her strong, decent, patriotic husband being twisted, warped, and compromised into cheap vote-getting tricks by a gang of hungry politicos too long away from the patronage trough. — FC

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