Corruption in the media

October 12, 2016 | 5:32 PM

The second installment of this year’s Humanities Film Series will feature the movie A Face in the Crowd, directed by Elia Kazan.

The film will be shown Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the basement of the Jacksonville Public Library, 201 W. College Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.        

Ambitious, young radio producer Marcia Jeffries, played by Patricia Neal, finds a charming rogue named Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes, played by Andy Griffith, in an Arkansas drunk tank and puts him on the air. Overnight, Rhodes’ popularity turns him into a media sensation and he uses his popularity to endorse a presidential candidate for personal gain. But the star's ego, arrogance, and womanizing threaten his rise to the top. A Face in the Crowd shows the horror of a corrupt intertwining of mass media, celebrity and politics that was incomprehensible in 1957 but terrifyingly commonplace today.

This installment of the Humanities Film Series will be moderated by Chris Ashmore, Director of the Jacksonville Public Library.

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