Quick-Thoughts: Elia Kazan’s A Face in the Crowd (1957)


That slogan isn’t exactly true. The ordinary man is more capable to think like the ordinary, sure. But, does that make him thee most trustworthy mind? No, it makes him the most reassuring for the dominating consumer audience. Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes was ordinary when it came to the social hierarchy, but he wasn’t docile enough to really be ordinary.

“They’re mine. I own them. They think like I do. Only they’re even more stupid than I am so I gotta think for them.”

Now, a celebrity man is definitely not an ordinary man though. To a degree, he has sovereignty over others so long as he preserves the image that got him to that title like say speaking for the ordinary, a free man’s behavior as illiterates would call it. Let’s face it, we don’t want a free man: we want a puppet of a free man who just so happens to be in service of the ordinary. We want to be manipulated that what the media broadcasts is in favor of us. But who in their right mind would give more than get to what they have near complete control over? The consideration of oneself overrules, and people feel safer pretending that isn’t the case for those in power, let alone anyone. Hey, your pills are poisonous. Bottoms up. 


“But if this ain’t freedom, man, it’s the next best thing.”

Verdict: B+

“A Face in the Crowd” is now available to rent on Amazon Prime.

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