Sunday, January 27, 2008

A Face In The Crowd

Andy Griffith's 1957 film debut A Face in the Crowd deals with the rise and fall of Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes, a charismatic Arkansas Hobo who's televised folksy wisdom becomes a front for proto-fascist corporate interests. Griffith's huge personality burns up the screen from beginning to end in this remarkably prescient Elia Kazan film on political demagoguery and the power of mass media. In this clip, Griffith whore's for some early Viagra product and reveals himself as a cynical manipulator.

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