A Face in the Crowd (1957)


“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.” – Mel Miller

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Sep 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After meeting a TV producer, a young man becomes an immediate media sensation, but will power and glory get to his head?

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard about before coming across it.

The appeal of this being directed by Elia Kazan and starring Andy Griffiths in his debut film really go me intrested in seeing what this was all about.

This film is able to give us a great depiction of the way that fame and media attention can possibly change someone personality due to their reactions to it all.

The plot is quite realistic and plausible and due to it’s timelessness, it is something that could take place even today and work so well.

The film has a great cast led by Griffiths who is joined by Patricia Neal and Walther Matthau.

The dialogue is great and helps enhance the story so much.

The story depicts the speedy rise and rapid fall that one can experience while working in the media spotlight.

Bottom Line – Great depiction of how face and attention can change one’s personality. The story does a wonderful job making things seem quite realistic.  The story is timeless and it’s very easy to believe that this kind of event could still happen to day. The cast is superb with Griffiths showing his potential as an actor along with Neal and Matthau. The film is presented really well and gives a very direct look at the fast rise and fall that people in the media can experience. Great dialogue helps keep things so engaging and interesting to watch unfold. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg spent months researching the advertising world, even gaining access to ad agency meetings, in order to understand the way Madison Avenue approaches and shapes the thinking of the American public. They also observed the political arena by going to Washington, DC, where they interviewed future President Lyndon Johnson, studying the way he walked, talked and presented himself in private and in public. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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