Thanks to the rise of Donald Trump this film is on the minds of a lot of people. Lately I’ve heard a lot of people claiming that it’s time to add A Face in the Crowd to the continually growing list of films that were once considered satires, but are now practically documentaries. But as ‘Becca’lise pointed out to me after our most recent viewing, regardless of how dark this film is, it is actually pretty optimistic. I’m not sure if Lonesome Rhodes' downfall was mandated by the production code or what, but the idea that a demagogue like that could be brought down by a few offhand remarks is actually wishful thinking. As we have seen over and over again with “The Donald”, shocking statements are not enough in today’s America. People decry our “Outrage Culture” and the ways that it can destroy lives over trivial faux pas, but it has somehow yet to put an end to that man’s candidacy. In fact, those outrageous statements have only made him stronger. Perhaps we should instead move this from the “satire” column to the “fantasy” column?