Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A familiar face in the crowd



The late Andy Griffith (1926-2012) in "A Face in the Crowd," 1957

By Eric Randall, The Atlantic, July 3, 2012

"Griffith is better remembered, of course, for his turn as Sherriff Andy Taylor, and that too, is a reason people revisit Kazan's film: It's a look at Griffith, in his first film performance, turning in a totally different kind of role from the ones he was later known for. And while Griffith put in an amazing, layered performance as Rhodes, it's the prescience of A Face in the Crowd that's got media-watchers taking about the film today."


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2 comments:

  1. Though I dispised Elia Kazan's off-screen political doings, the man made some great films. This little film was one of them. No film awards for it, but it is sublime. A towering performance by Griffith as well as Patricia Neal. - Montana Cowboy

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  2. Slabber,
    Thanks for this tribute. I grew up watching Andy Griffith. He had a way of making you feel as if you were part of his family even though we were out in "TV land". When I think of him and this show, I think of simpler times and a happier world (and I know this was perhaps a façade, but a happy one at that).

    Encore, merci mon ami pour ce petit voyage nostalgique.

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