‘A Face in the Crowd’ More Timely Than Ever

Academy ignored it, as it does with movies ahead of their time

Andy Griffith stars as Lonesome Rhodes, a down-home demagogue, in the 1957 Elia Kazan film “A Face in the Crowd.” Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

By Todd Hill

More often than not, lauding a motion picture for being “ahead of its time” is just so much overheated praise. The phrase is commonly used as critical code-speak for movies that audiences simply didn’t get, usually because there wasn’t much there…