What Got This Director Here?: The Crowd.
My Favorite Past Experience Was…: The Crowd.
What Did I Watch: Street Scene.
Where Does He Fit: King Vidor’s The Crowd was a primordial masterpiece, but the power of his sound version of the same subject is not to be ignored despite some hammy acting. New York City is stuck in the middle of a heat wave, and the immigrant neighborhood is not enjoying each other’s company in the idealized melting pot that has been painted with rose colored glasses. Gossip begets jealousy, which leads to racism, then adultery, and finally murder. Life is a slippery slope when you are stuck in the same spot as all the other people who are at the bottom of the heap. It’s as American as you can get in this short time.
Most Valuable Asset: Power of the people.
Most Excited For: Beyond the Forest.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.
Coming Up Next: Ken Loach, agitator and two time Palme winner.