Grind-Fu Cinema presents
THE CULT OF PERSONALITY!
A FACE IN THE CROWD
Saturday, August 18th @ seven p.m.
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
415 Malin St, Mankato, MN
FREE ADMISSION! FREE ADMISSION! FREE ADMISSION!
Made possible through funding from the Minnesota State Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
We've been struggling like crazy to not reveal the August Grind-Fu Cinema, and now that we can we're not gonna shut up about it! These two movies were made decades ago, and yet they're somehow even more relevant today than ever. One of them has been on Shelley's bucket list since the beginning of Grind-Fu Cinema, and the second is the perfect match for it. It's like watching a prophecy unfold. Shall we talk about the movies? Let's!
Being There (1979)
Directed by Hal Ashby
Peter Sellers had a long and illustrious career, but one can make a case that his final film role was his greatest. He was nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards, and he won Best Actor at the Golden Globes, for his portrayal of Chance Gardner in Being There. Chance is a simple minded gardener that has lived and worked on the estate of a wealthy gentleman in Washington, D.C. Everything he knows in life was learned from gardening and TV. When his employer dies, Chance is out on the street and aimless.
Through an accident, Chance is taken in by a wealthy industrialist and his wife. The industrialist is charmed by discussions with Chance, who can only relate to people by talking about gardening. His gardening statements, however, are mistaken as wise political metaphors, and he becomes a sensation in Washington, eventually even meeting the President. Soon all of Washington is under his spell.
Being There was directed by the legendary Hal Ashby, who also helmed Harold and Maude, The Last Detail, Shampoo, and even the Rolling Stones concert film Let's Spend The Night Together. The film also starts Shirley MacLaine and the great Jack Warden, and was written by Jerzy Kosinksi, who also wrote the book that Being There was based on. It's impossible to not be charmed by Seller's portrayal of Chance, and we really think you'll be taken with this film.
Roger Ebert gave Being There four out of four stars and said "There's an exhilaration in seeing artists at the very top of their form: It almost doesn't matter what the art form is, if they're pushing their limits and going for broke and it's working. We can sense their joy of achievement - and even more so if the project in question is a risky, off-the-wall idea that could just as easily have ended disastrously. Hal Ashby's Being There is a movie that inspires those feelings."
Being There was selected for preservation as a culturally significant film by the Library of Congress in 2015.
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Directed by Elia Kazan
Andy Griffith is the ultimate good guy when he's playing the sheriff of Mayberry, but he's terrifying as hell as the charismatic everyman in A Face in the Crowd. Griffith plays Larry Rhodes, a smooth talking drunk in an Arkansas jail that is put on the radio by a show host looking for voices of real America. Rhodes' appearance proves wildly popular, and people begin to see him as the voice of the common man. His success grows, as does his ego, and soon he's using his charisma to fleece the public and gain political influence. When will his quest for power end? In the halls of government? You'd be horrified if someone like this really ended up in government.
Directed by Elia Kazan, A Face in the Crowd is shockingly relevant for a film that's 61 years old. It's more relevant than a Michael McDonald sample in a Warren G song. That's pretty damn relevant. You'll be horrified. There's a reason Turner Classic Movies broadcast it on inauguration 2017.
A Face in the Crowd was received with mixed reviews at the time of its release, but is now regarded as a classic. In 2008 the Library of Congress selected it for preservation as a culturally significant film
Don't miss this amazing FREE double feature of full on classics on August 18th! Bring your super friends, snacks, sodas, sweaters (because the air conditioning is exceptional) and SMILES!
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