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The Crowd (1928)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  3 March 1928 (USA)
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The life of a man and woman together in a large, impersonal metropolis through their hopes, struggles and downfalls.

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Freddie Burke Frederick ...
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Born on the fourth of July, 1900, the future holds unlimited potential for newborn John Sims. But dreams soon fade with the death of his father when John is but a lad. Like many before him, John sets out to make his mark in New York City, but ends up a faceless worker (#137) in a large office of a large business. Still he is happy with his fate and soon meets a young woman named Mary on a blind double date. Things take their course and they soon marry and live in a small apartment. Soon John is bickering with Mary and finds that he has no love for the in-laws. When the marriage looks like a bust, he finds that Mary is with child and he stays. After 5 years, he has a son and a daughter and the same dead end job. When tragedy strikes, John must find the conviction to continue or lose what little he has left. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Asked in the 1960s why no one was making films about ordinary people, Jean-Luc Godard said "Why remake The Crowd (1928)? It has already been done." See more »

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Title Card: We do not know how big the crowd is, and what opposition it is... until we get out of step with it.
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A Timeless Silent Drama

Few silent dramas have stood the test of time. Most of them were just excuses for audiences to see their favorite star. Since the stars of silent drama have pretty much lost relevance with today's society, most of these silents have become terribly dated. The Crowd didn't seem very relevant in its time, but it is now considered to be one of the masterpieces of film. And rightfully so.

The Crowd tells the story of the ups and downs of a naive man, Johnny Sims, who believes he's going to make a strong impact on the world. Johnny has a fairly high paying office job and a loving wife, and he continually promises her that their situation is improving, but a series of incidents throughout the film eventually leave him in poverty, struggling to rejoin the rat race and find a job.

The Crowd can be interpreted as a caution towards naivety. No one really cares about any individual person in the crowd, as shown later in the film when Johnny is making a scene on the street, and everyone rushes past him. His problems in life don't matter. He isn't a somebody in the world, he's just struggling to maintain a good life like everyone else.

The Crowd feels surprisingly real at times. It is certainly melodrama, but it is so well written and acted out that it doesn't always feel like it. It could have had a happy ending, and in a way, it does, but it chose the realistic way to end it, which may have been an inspiration for neorealism later on. The Crowd stands with Greed and the Big Parade as one of the truly timeless American silent dramas.

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