"THE CROWD" was one of the most powerful and personal films of the American cinema. It was produced when silent film had reached its pinnacle of visual storytelling and offers a unique stylized view of modern life through the eyes of a young New Yorker determined to fulfill his own imagined destiny despite the intervening foibles of everyday life. Romantic, timeless and heartbreaking, “The Crowd” dispels the stereotypes of the “limitations” of silent film on every level and should come across in a more contemporary light than most other silent films.
This screening features a print that was newly restored under the supervision of renowned film historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow with a newly added stereo musical score by acclaimed Hollywood composer Carl Davis. (Jono is sure that THE CROWD's above mass office worker camera shot inspired a similar scene in the 1980 comedic film "Nine to Five.")
It stars Eleanor Boardman and James Murray and was produced and directed by the legendary King Vidor. Written by John V.A. Weaver and Vidor. Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. 35mm, silent, black-and-white, 98 min.
Tickets are only $5 and available online. Usually silent movies do not sell out at the Academy, so you should hopefully be able to buy them at the time of the screening or you can also buy them in advance online at:
Free designated parking is available in two nearby building parking structures OR after 7pm street parking is available along Wilshire Blvd. (but do NOT park on side streets without carefully reading parking restriction signs because most streets require permit parking only).