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Is Barack Obama "A Face in the Crowd"?
Associated Content.com ^ | June 23, 2008 | Mark Stuart Ellison

Posted on 03/01/2009 8:23:52 PM PST by KeyLargo

Is Barack Obama "A Face in the Crowd"? By Mark Stuart ELLISON

On Saturday, June 14, I watched the 1957 Elia Kazan film "A Face in the Crowd" on Turner Classic Movies. I had seen most of it before but was strangely drawn to it again. Instinct told me that the movie had special relevance to the 2008 presidential election, although I didn't know exactly how. After a second viewing, I understood. "A Face in the Crowd" is eerily similar to Barack Obama's candidacy. Although I came to this conclusion on my own, I am not the first person to voice this opinion. A video clip listed under "Barack Obama--A Face in the Crowd?" was posted on YouTube on May 3, 2008.

In "A Face in the Crowd," a young Andy Griffith gives a tour de force performance as Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes, a coarse but charming drifter with a gift for song and gab. Local radio reporter Marcia Jeffries (Patricia Neal) discovers Rhodes while broadcasting from an Arkansas jail. Sensing his talent, Marcia gets Rhodes released early and convinces him to be a regular on her show. She unknowingly creates a monster. With his folksy, populist charm, Rhodes meteorically rises in the media, eventually starring in a wildly successful television show in New York City. He also becomes a key adviser to a presidential candidate. A shameless womanizer drunk on his own power, Rhodes has utter contempt for his adoring audience...

Takeaways

Both Barack Obama and the fictional Lonesome Rhodes are larger-than-life figures.

Like Rhodes, Obama possesses phenomenal oratorical skill and animal magnetism.

Cults of personality are largely uncontrollable and shape public opinion for good and ill.

(Excerpt) Read more at associatedcontent.com ...


TOPICS: Heated Discussion
KEYWORDS: afaceinthecrowd; elected; messiah; moviereview; obama; television
I picked up this movie at the library and viewed it tonight. I always liked the film and never paid much attention to what I see are now the parallels to the character "Lonsemome Rhodes" and Obama. But, during the film I couldn't stop thinking about how this film from 1957 was really foretelling how fifty years later a person would be elected President in the same way that the movie depicts.

I Googled both Obama and "A Face in the Crowd" and found the above article.

If you get an opportunity, see the film.

"To his own great surprise, and to the joy and satisfaction of millions of Americans, Lonesome Rhodes rose from the very bottom to a media-driven celebrity and on to a position of remarkable influence and power. In time, the American people virtually clamored for him to step onto the greatest of political stages and shake up the nation."

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/rawfisher/2008/11/the_false_love_of_the_ordinary.html

1 posted on 03/01/2009 8:23:52 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Trailer

http://au.truveo.com/A-Face-in-the-Crowd-Original-Trailer/id/576935777


2 posted on 03/01/2009 8:30:54 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Vitajex, what you do to me!


3 posted on 03/01/2009 8:32:37 PM PST by Norman Conquest (My old man taught me two things: Mind own business, and always cut cards.)
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To: KeyLargo

‘A Face in the Crowd’

Sounds like Hitler to me, seeing those early photos of him in the crowd.


4 posted on 03/01/2009 8:34:40 PM PST by valkyry1
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To: Norman Conquest

Free Republic is Vanderbilt ‘44.


5 posted on 03/01/2009 8:36:30 PM PST by Chunga (Vote Republican)
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To: Norman Conquest

“Vitajex, what you do to me!”

Funny isn’t it that fifty years ago an advertising campaign for a snake-oil pill like that would someday become Viagra!

LOL


6 posted on 03/01/2009 8:36:39 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

I’ve seen that movie. Great performance by Griffith. But no, I don’t think it matches Obama. Obama believes his own BS. Rhodes did not. He was cynical, not idealist. Clinton is more of a Rhodes type than Obama.


7 posted on 03/01/2009 8:37:22 PM PST by Huck (Palin is perfect just where she is....in Alaska.)
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To: Chunga

Lonesome Rhodes:

“This whole country’s just like my flock of sheep! “

“everybody that’s got to jump when somebody else blows the whistle. They don’t know it yet, but they’re all gonna be ‘Fighters for Fuller’. They’re mine! I own ‘em! They think like I do. Only they’re even more stupid than I am, so I gotta think for ‘em. Marcia, you just wait and see. I’m gonna be the power behind the president - and you’ll be the power behind me!”


8 posted on 03/01/2009 8:41:56 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: valkyry1

9 posted on 03/01/2009 8:44:23 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Great movie! Saw it on one of the cable movie channels (tmc/amc) a few months ago. That said, I only see a thin comparison between the two except for the ending. I think the Kenyan will flame out gloriously just as Ange did in the movie.


10 posted on 03/01/2009 8:44:51 PM PST by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: KeyLargo

It’s Bill Clinton, all the way.


11 posted on 03/01/2009 8:45:57 PM PST by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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To: KeyLargo
With his rock star appeal, Obama wields immense power. That power can be used for good or ill. As I have said in previous commentaries, I believe that Mr. Obama is well-intentioned, but I have my doubts. His disturbing associations with radicals such as the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers, and Bernardine Dohrn raise serious questions about his character. Does Mr. Obama hold radical views? Is he sympathetic to them? What kind of advisers and cabinet members would an Obama Administration have? At this point, we do not know enough about Mr. Obama to definitively answer these queries. This situation, in combination with a cult of personality, is deeply troubling.

I think the author should know the answer to these questions by now. We at FR knew them all along, but Obama's enablers in the media mostly gave him a pass during the campaign, instead allowing the Obama cult worship to grow and flourish.

12 posted on 03/01/2009 8:48:19 PM PST by Major Matt Mason (The Kenyan Keynesian will bankrupt this nation.)
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To: KeyLargo
A face in the crowd. This scene shows Lonesome remaking a politician.

The Vitajex advertisement.

13 posted on 03/01/2009 8:49:26 PM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: randog

I agree.

But, the concept of a media campaign putting an unknown person in a position of massive power I think does fit.

I thought of George Soros when I saw the character - General Haynesworth.


14 posted on 03/01/2009 8:53:37 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: Richard Kimball

bfl


15 posted on 03/01/2009 9:01:18 PM PST by sweetiepiezer (I have a Pal in Sarah)
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To: KeyLargo

Whether it’s Obama or not Face in the Crowd was WAY ahead of its time, super visionary. The commercials Andy Grifith does in the movie are exactly like Viagra commercials today.


16 posted on 03/01/2009 9:40:16 PM PST by Williams (It's The Policies, Stupid.)
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To: KeyLargo

“You see those stupid morons out there? They cling to their guns and their religion....”


17 posted on 03/01/2009 9:45:22 PM PST by Inyokern
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To: KeyLargo

THe other movie analogy that came to my mind was Chance the gardener from “Being There”.


18 posted on 03/01/2009 9:58:15 PM PST by George Smiley (They're not drinking the Kool-Aid any more. They're eating it straight out of the packet.)
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To: KeyLargo

Late last summer we had this discussion on another site when a movie buff brought forward that we should all watch this movie, if we had not seen it yet because this was Obama. I hadn’t seen the movie in many years and it came on Turner Classics not long after and I made a point to watch. It gave me chills... too bad more people didn’t see it and make the connection and take heed before November 4th.


19 posted on 03/01/2009 10:06:07 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Huck

You don’t KNOW Obama doesn’t go home laughing at all of us each and every night.. in fact, I imagine he does.


20 posted on 03/01/2009 10:07:47 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: KeyLargo

Love that movie. The Vitajex sequence has one of my favorite quotes ever:

“You college geniuses want *dignity* on your program. Back where I come from, a fellah looks too dignified, we figure he’s tryin’ to steal your watch!”

BTW, I agree with the poster who mentioned Rhodes being Clinton-like. I see 0bama more in the vein of Sybok in Star Trek V - a self-anointed prophet whose utopian goals and willingness to do whatever it takes for the “greater good” might just lead everyone over a cliff...


21 posted on 03/02/2009 12:54:19 AM PST by DemforBush (Somebody wake me when sanity has returned to the nation.)
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To: KeyLargo

I still have trouble internalizing the fact that BO is President of the United States. Now I hear “the Age of Obama.” The reality, I believe, will be “the Episode of Obama.”


22 posted on 03/02/2009 5:53:40 AM PST by Malesherbes (Sauve Qui Peut)
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To: KeyLargo

Y’know, I’ll have to watch it again with an eye towards current events. You could be right.


23 posted on 03/02/2009 7:22:30 AM PST by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: KeyLargo

If life imitates the movie, then president BO will be done in by an open mic. I saw it about 4 years ago and it will give you a different opinion of Andy Griffith. Although he and Ron Howard are koolaid drinkers.


24 posted on 04/05/2009 7:45:16 PM PDT by H.Akston (I sure hope that sub-prime lending wasn't really a government spending stimulus package.)
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