Television. A Face in the Crowd is second only to Network in my mind for most insightful fiction films about the power of the media (specifically television) to shape public opinion and steer all of us slaves in the direction the elites want us to go.
Here is the synopsis of just Act I of the story (from the Book of Knowledge):
"In late 1950s America, a drunken drifter, Larry Rhodes (Andy Griffith), is plucked out of a rural Arkansas jail by Marcia Jeffries (Patricia Neal) to sing on a radio show at station KGRK. His raw voice, folksy humor and personal charm bring about a strong local following, and he lands a television show in Memphis, Tennessee under the stage name "Lonesome" Rhodes, given to him on a whim by Jeffries. With the support of the show's staff writer Mel Miller (Walter Matthau) and Jeffries, the charismatic Rhodes ad libs his way to Memphis area popularity. When he pokes fun at his sponsor, a mattress company, they fire him — but his adoring audience revolts, burning mattresses in the street. The sponsor discovers that Rhodes's irreverent pitches actually increased sales by 55%, and he is returned to the air with a new knowledge of his power of persuasion."
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