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637 Ratings

The Crowd

Directed by King Vidor
United States, 1928
Drama, Romance


The life of a man and woman together in a large, impersonal metropolis through their hopes, struggles and downfalls.

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The Crowd Directed by King Vidor

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1929 | 2 nominations including: Best Picture, Unique and Artistic Production

National Film Preservation Board

1989 | Winner: National Film Registry

This is why the best [movies] can bond us together. We go into this dark space together, we don’t know each other, but we are there to have some kind of collective experience. Together. That’s the key. It’s also great to have the technology to watch movies at home, in privacy, and I see a lot of movies that way. But watching The Crowd, with no music, and hearing that gasp of horror and empathy and sadness from a group of strangers … It just doesn’t get any better than that.
December 17, 2014
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The Crowd is not only the Siren’s favorite silent, but one of her favorite films, period… “Daring” means a number of different things these days. Sometimes it’s used as a synonym for “impenetrable,” but in American film it’s often something to do with taste. Is it cynical, is it dark, will it make Grandma stomp out of the theater to ask the manager if his mother knows he’s showing this filth. The Crowd is its own kind of daring…
January 20, 2014
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The film is moving without being unequivocally happy or tragic, the theme summed up by one of the film’s intertitles: “the crowd laughs with you always… but will cry with you for only a day”.
September 26, 2013
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