Nan Goldin Selects:
Barbara Stanwyck x 3:
Meet John Doe

Director: Frank Capra
United States / 1941 / 122 min
English

Introduced by Nan Goldin

Last streamed on Wed, Aug 18

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A snappy newspaper reporter (Barbara Stanwyck) creates a sensation with an anonymous letter of general protest from a fictional “John Doe,” and recruits a dashing drifter (Gary Cooper) to play the role, elevating him in the process to populist leader of a grassroots political campaign as well as making him an unwitting puppet. A prime example of the complexity of what is cursorily understood as “Capraesque.”

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