A Face in the Crowd

Perhaps the most prescient of political films, A Face in the Crowd is a truly masterful exploration of political fame and the slippery slope that follows, resounding with just as much intensity now as upon its 1957 release.

Face follows the meteoric rise of folk singer Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes (Andy Griffith) as he moves from local drunkard to regional celebrity to national fame (with attendant political influence) due to his magnetic personality and “folk hero” persona. A film that “speaks volumes about the media’s complicit involvement with corrupt governments owned by faceless corporations. . . A Face in the Crowd is, in fact, as fresh and relevant as tomorrow’s headlines” (Thomas Beltzer). –NW Film Center

Dir. Elia Kazan, 1957, 35mm, 126 min.

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