Wednesday, October 30, 2013

OLDIE GOLDIES: A Face In The Crowd (1957)

This week on Oldie Goldies I looked at one of the many great films by Elia Kazan - "A Face in the Crowd". This rags to riches story follows the rise of a charismatic everyman who becomes an overnight media sensation. It makes for a thoroughly compelling film, as the potent screenplay brilliantly shows the power that comes with fame and celebrity. It's so timeless that you could easily adapt it to a contemporary setting without changing a thing.

Classic Quote
"Didn't you know? All mild men are vicious. They hate themselves for being mild, and they hate the windy extroverts whose violence seems to have a strange attraction for nice girls. You should know better."

Classic Scene
"Dark Night of the Soul scene"

Did you know?
Aspects of the Lonesome Rhodes character were likely inspired by 1940s and '50s CBS radio-TV star Arthur Godfrey.

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