Wednesday, May 06, 2015

A Face In The Crowd

     A Face In The Crowd is a film from 1957 about fame, populism, and the media.  If the insights ring a bit trite these days, they ring no less true.  The star is a familiar face with a distinctly unfamiliar personality.

     It take about five seconds -- if that -- for Andy Griffith to drive all thoughts of amiable Sheriff Taylor out of the room, probably with a black eye.  I was impressed with cast, story and sets.  Technique is interesting, halfway between earlier Hollywood conventions and modern realism.  Well lit, well shot and well staged.

     Highly recommended!


fillyjonk said...

An instructive movie given the upcoming political season.

I remember it as being *extremely* creepy. But then it's been a few years since I saw it.

Sigman said...

Given that he made this right before the Andy Griffith show, it is a wonder he got the job in Mayberry.

Stretch said...

"A Face In The Crowd" and "All The King's Men" (the 1949 version) should be shown in all civics classes (do they even have those any more?).