An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn.
"A Face in the Crowd" charts the rise of a raucous hayseed named Lonesome Rhodes from itinerant Ozark guitar picker to local media rabble-rouser to TV superstar and political king-maker. Marcia Jeffries is the innocent Sarah Lawrence girl who discovers the great man in a back-country jail and is the first to fall under his spell. Written by
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Actor on Rhodes' show:
[Speaking about Senator Fuller]
You really sell that stiff as a man among men?
Those morons out there? Shucks, I could take chicken fertilizer and sell it to them as caviar. I could make them eat dog food and think it was steak. Sure, I got 'em like this... You know what the public's like? A cage of Guinea Pigs. Good Night you stupid idiots. Good Night, you miserable slobs. They're a lot of trained seals. I toss them a dead fish and they'll flap their flippers.
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Their collaboration cemented in infamy with "On the Waterfront", Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg create this thang. And what a thang it is! Andy Griffith gives the performance of his career, and nobody knows it. Much like Lonesome Rhodes'
elusively corrupt character, this film has become one revered by some, and
unseen by those that should see it most.
Schulberg shows a charismatic vagrant and his hayseed charm revolutionize
television. Along with the increased income, fame greedily kills the bumpkin
within, and turns him into something much worse, if you can believe it: a TV star. Schulberg wrote another provocative work, his book about Hollywood and its
dirty denizens, "What Makes Sammy Run?". Study him and this fantastic and
awe inspiring Kazan film, and you will see why great films that followed winked and tipped their hat; films that include Paddy Chayefsky's "Network", Jimmy
Brooks' "Broadcast News", Spike Lee's "Bamboozled" and P.T. Anderson's
This film truly is a masterwork and an incredible, incredible performance by
Andy Griffith. 10 outta 10!
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