Capital Celluloid 2023 — Day 252: Sun Sep 10

The Crowd (Vidor, 1928): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 3.30pm

This 35mm presentation includes an introduction by Bryony Dixon, BFI National Archive Curator.

Chicago Reader review:
King Vidor’s 1928 classic, with James Murray as the “average man” picked out of the crowd by Vidor’s gliding camera. In his autobiography, Vidor claims he sold the project to Irving Thalberg as a sequel to his hit war film, The Big Parade: “Life is like a battle, isn’t it?” Accordingly, the misfortunes that befall Murray are hardly average, but the melodramatic elements are integral to Vidor’s vision of individual struggle. The camera style owes something to Murnau, but the sense of space—the vast environments that define and attack his protagonists—is Vidor’s own.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is an extract.

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