JFI Next Wave presents A FACE IN THE CROWD in 35mm

December 07 only

Just as bold and relevant upon its 1957 release as it is today, director Elia Kazan and writer Budd Schulberg’s masterpiece A Face in the Crowd remains a darkly comic satire about the corrosive influence of celebrity and mass media on public opinion.

Its main character is the charming rogue Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes (Andy Griffith) whose local popularity gets him on Memphis television, which he parlays into national network stardom that he ultimately exploits to endorse a presidential candidate for personal gain. But the increasingly petulant star’s ego, arrogance and womanizing threaten his rise to the top. Sound familiar?

Presented by the Jewish Film Institute’s Next Wave series and hosted by influential writer/blogger and former Mayoral candidate Stuart Schuffman (aka Broke-Ass Stuart) with San Francisco District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, local filmmaker Rick Goldsmith and more panelists TBA, don’t miss this discussion about the media’s role in the making of political celebrity and the movies’ unique ability to tell truth to power. If you’re looking for answers on where we go from here, this film is for you.

More information at www.jfi.org.


Dir. Elia Kazan, United States, 1957, 125 minutes, English.


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