‘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.

Todd Hill is a former journalist with 30 years of experience, much of it in film criticism, who misses neither journalism nor the film beat.

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