Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on Kazan’s Biting Masterpiece ‘A Face in the Crowd’

Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on Kazan's Biting Masterpiece 'A Face in the Crowd'

Elia Kazan Week! begins at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Elia Kazan’s brilliant and bitter showbiz sendup “A Face in the Crowd,” starring a never-better Andy Griffith as charismatic, monstrous media sensation Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes.

Elia Kazan’s lacerating portrait of a down home demagogue has never lost its disturbing relevance. Anchored by a ferocious performance by Andy Griffith, Budd Schulberg’s media-savvy satire, based on his story “The Arkansas Traveler”, has survived countless attempts to remake it over the years, largely because its 50s-centric setting is the perfect background to expose the pernicious effect television has had on the US political system. VITA-PIG says, “Is it election day yet?”  Lee Remick is memorably lubricious in her film debut.

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