We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore: Andy Griffith in Elia Kazan’s Electrifying Satire A Face in the Crowd – 35mm

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $5 • NEIU Students: $2


Tuesday, November 1 @ 7:30 PM
Directed by Elia Kazan • 1957
Andy Griffith was launched into stardom when he made his film debut as Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes, a honey- and vitriol-spewing Will Rogers-type good ol’ boy with a taste for power. With the help of radio producer Marcia Jeffries (Patricia Neal in one of her best roles), Rhodes makes the meteoric rise from sweaty jail cell philosopher to national television personality whispering into the ears of politicians. Eisenhower-era audiences were unimpressed with Elia Kazan and screenwriter Budd Schulberg’s potent satire about the dangers of television and its kingmaking powers, but it’s been pointed to over the years in times of dire need, as when New York Times film critic Nora Sayre called for a “widespread revival” of the film in the wake of Watergate. Director and critic François Truffaut never wavered in his affection for it: “There’s no denying that the film lacks consistency, but to hell with consistency! What’s important is not its structure but its unassailable spirit, its power, and what I dare call its necessity.” The distractingly good supporting cast includes Walter Matthau, Anthony Franciosa, and Lee Remick in her first film appearance. It’s time for a widespread revival of A Face in the Crowd! (RL)
126 min • Warner Bros. • 35mm from Warner Bros.
Film Stock: Eastman B+W (1979)
Preceded by: TV Commercials in 35mm

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