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The 1957 Movie that Predicted the Rise of Trump

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Just as bold upon its release as it is today, director Elia Kazan and writer Budd Schulberg‘s masterpiece A Face In The Crowd – about the charming rogue Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes (Andy Griffith) who parlays his local TV fame into a national bully pulpit – remains a darkly comic satire about the corrosive influence of celebrity and mass media on public opinion. Sound familiar?

Presented by the Jewish Film Institute and hosted by Broke-Ass Stuartwith San Francisco District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Rick Goldsmith and San Francisco Chronicle reporter Heather Knight, join us to discuss the media’s role in the making of political celebrity and the movies’ ability to tell truth to power.

If you’re looking for answers on where we go from here, this film is for you. Tickets onsale now at

Watch the trailer here.
Buy the movie here.

A Face in The Crowd: The Movie That Predicted Trump
w/ discussion panel afterwards
Thursday December 7th
Roxie Theater
[The Mission]

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