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

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by Trailers From Hell
November 5, 2012 12:25 PM
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'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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