• Vidor’s 20th century: bureaucracy beyond the infinite

I’m glad I attended the Music Box Theatre’s revival of King Vidor’s The Crowd this past Saturday. Dennis Scott’s organ accompaniment was stellar as usual, and the big-screen presentation made Vidor’s much-praised effects shots look even more impressive than I’d remembered. But the best part of the screening may have been the enthusiasm of the audience, which made the movie feel like a contemporary work of art and not a museum piece, as silent films are generally regarded these days. In fact, The Crowd made me angrier than any movie I’ve seen in a while—in part because its misanthropy felt like the most contemporary thing about it.