Building Relationships w/ A Face in the Crowd (1957)


ON: my bed

IN: 2019!!!

 W: a lot of packing to do

When I started this blog I was very focused on applying film to life.

On this first day of 2019, I am transitioning to applying life to film. Meaning, I am going to record my life and share how films enhance it. I want to share how films change my behavior and my perception.

My 2019 Plan:

  • No social media
    • No Tumblr 😦
    • No Youtube
    • No Facebook
    • No Instagram
  • Health mindset
    • I plan on keeping you updated with my health & fitness journey.
  • Working hard
    • I am still a law student with a full course load.
    • I also have an internship in entertainment law
    • I want to improve my legal writing this year

Moving forward into 2019, I also want to focus on building strong relationships. As I get older, I see relationships as investments. You put the work in — making time & effort to communicate & cater to the others needs– and reap the reward– memories, service and comfort.

I wrapped up 2018 by watching A Face in The Crowd (1957) for the second time. The first time I saw the film I was blown away by Andy Griffith acting— I could barely breathe as 2 hour film concluded & the credits poured down the screen. 

This time, I figure the story was just as much about Patricia Neal’s Marsha, as it was about Griffith’s Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes. Lonesome was just a bum in jail with guitar and a little charisma, when Marsha spotted him & insisted he try his luck as radio talent. Marsha created Lonesome, she poured her livelihood into nurturing and exhibiting his talent and then he blossomed. But before her eyes, he became a monster that her love for him could not tame.

What signs did she miss? How could she have removed herself from his imminent implosion?

This movie taught me to be more careful with who I pour into. As someone who believes that they have a lot of love to give– I choose to be  particularly cautious about who I choose to spend my life with.

Proverbs 13:20 (NJKV) says: He who walks with wise men shall be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed. 

In applying this verse to my life and my goals, I must be able to distinguish who is wise from who is foolish. So, what is a fool?

  1. Proverbs 18:2 (NKJV) says: “A fool has no delight in understanding, but in expressing his own heart.”
  2. Proverbs 1:7 (ESV) says: “the fear of the lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
  3. Proverbs 18:6 (ESV) says: “a fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating.”

Lonesome Rhodes exhibited a lot of signs of foolish behavior throughout the film. Rhodes had little to no filter. He also did not take advice that was given to him for the sake of preserving his “authenticity”. At a glance this seems noble, but the film reveals this to be self-centered and self-serving.

What is a wise person? How does actions of a foolish person compare to actions of a wise person?

  1. Proverbs 29:11 (ESV) says: “A fool gives full vent to his spirit but a wise man quietly holds back.”
  2. Proverbs 14:16 (ESV) says: “One who is wise and cautious turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless.”
  3. Proverbs 28:26 (ESV) says: “Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.”