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799 Ratings

A Face in the Crowd

Directed by Elia Kazan
United States, 1957


An Arkansas hobo becomes an overnight media sensation. But as he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become?

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A Face in the Crowd Directed by Elia Kazan

Awards & Festivals

Directors Guild of America

1958 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

National Film Preservation Board

2008 | Winner: National Film Registry

It certainly won’t make you feel better about the upcoming election, but perhaps there’s some reassurance in knowing that the more things change, the more they stay the same—or is there? Regardless, you can take comfort in the “great and beautiful work” that’s both astute and entertaining.
October 28, 2016
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It’s a great monster movie. Rhodes starts small, like the Ymir in 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH (released the same year) but expands to nation-threatening proportions thanks to the media. Patricia Neal, who had dealt with alien enigmas in THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL and STRANGER FROM VENUS, has the role of Frankenstein, raising the creature from its harmless microbial form and rendering it dangerously powerful.
October 11, 2016
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Certainly, Kazan and screenwriter Budd Schulberg’s attack on media demagoguery remains as scalding as ever, especially with the emerging ubiquity of social media leading us to be as conscious as ever of public image. But even more startling than the film’s continuing relevance is its potency as nuanced drama.
October 28, 2015
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