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A Face in the Crowd PG rating

Kazan’s bitter political parable about celebrity culture and the power of mass media.

Drama 1957 126 mins

Director: Elia Kazan



Written by On the Waterfront’s Budd Schulberg, Kazan’s most explicitly political film centres on work-shy drifter ‘Lonesome’ Rhodes (Andy Griffith), whose gift of the gab – first revealed on an Arkansas local radio show – leads him to fame on national television and, thereby, to political influence. A bitter parable about celebrity culture, populist demagoguery, and the power of mass media, A Face in the Crowd remains all too relevant today.