My New Favorite Movie!

To understand the very nature of media and politics in the United States one does not have to look much further than Elia Kazan‘s A FACE IN THE CROWD.  I recently watched it after much time ‘planning too’ and was blown away by Kazan’s direction, the cinematography (camera placement to be precise), the performances of all the actor’s particularly the work of Patricia Neal, and the writing of Bud Schulberg.  The film also stars Andy Griffith and Anthony Franciosa.

I knew the concept but still went into this one pretty blind and so should you.  The trailer and synopsis, in my opinion, give to much of the film away.   However, it is still a worthwhile journey.   See this prophetic film to understand the presidency of George W. Bush, the fame and success of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Snooki and to a greater extent the way politics, business, media and entertainment have become entangled.

The political context of the film is a part of the reason Schulberg & Kazan put so much into this one.  Like much of Kazan’s more intense work, it was produced after they were swept up in the anti-communist movement led by Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House of Un-American Activities Committee investigations.  That is an aspect of Kazan and Shulberg’s journey worth looking further into.  Art born out of the true complexities of life is always far more interesting.  A FACE IN THE CROWD is one piece of such art that should not be overlooked.  In fact, it should be required.


Oh what a brilliant film! Marlon Brando gives his ceearr performance here in my opinion. Yes, even over the Godfather and A Streetcar Named Desire Love the blog, will check back soon!

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