A Face in the Crowd

Man, were they naïve in 1957.

Or, too hopeful.

As depicted in this still-powerful film, people back then apparently believed that if a sweet-talkin’, truth-abusing con man really told the American people how much he hated them, that his career and ill-gotten gains would vanish overnight.

Today, we know better.

Find enough idiots, and it won’t matter how many times you vent your spleen in front of a microphone — idiots will still believe the lie.

Give director Elia Kazan and star Andy Griffith (playing against type) credit — they made a mesmerizing fantasy.

Too bad real life doesn’t always reflect their faith.

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