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'A Face in the Crowd': Script Mars Cautionary Tale About Dangers of Populism

Patricia Neal and Andy Griffith, A Face in the Crowd Elia Kazan's 1957 drama A Face in the Crowd, written by Kazan's On the Waterfront collaborator Budd Schulberg, is neither the forgotten masterpiece its champions claim it to be nor a minor work to be disregarded as it was for several decades. In fact, A Face in the Crowd is a good though clearly flawed effort, whose chief weaknesses are a screenplay that gets bogged down in soap-operatic didacticism and Andy Griffith's over-the-top film debut as Larry 'Lonesome' Rhodes, a Will Rogers-like homespun philosopher who rises from drunken jailbird to national kingmaker. On the positive side, A Face in the Crowd does offer some marvelous performances – e.g., a conflicted […]


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'A Face in the Crowd': Script Mars Cautionary Tale About Dangers of Populism



John Huston Documentary Double Bill: 'San Pietro' & 'Let There Be Light'

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' John Huston Lecture on Documentary Film will acknowledge John Huston himself with a special screening of his controversial World War II documentary classics San Pietro (a.k.a. The Battle of San Pietro) (above, 1944) and Let There Be Light (1946), on Tuesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Tony Huston, John's son, will introduce the films. As per the Academy's press release, “these documentaries' historical significance and current relevance will be among the topics covered in a post-screening panel discussion with Dr. Charles Wolfe, professor of film and media studies, UC Santa Barbara; Dr. Betsy McLane, documentary historian and author; and Richard E. Robbins, producer-director of Operation […]


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John Huston Documentary Double Bill: 'San Pietro' & 'Let There Be Light'