King Vidor’s The Crowd 1928

The Crowd is a 1928 American silent film directed by King Vidor
A Story about ordinary people

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John waiting for the bad news of his father.

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Bustling City Street. The overlapping of the crowd form a very chaotic sense of the city.
An amazing introduction to New York back then.

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King Vidor’s famous tracking shot up the side of the building and into the office space where John Sims now works. Among the crowd at work, Sims is only one of them.You can see the whole scene in the video below. I can’t seem to embed the video here but you can listen to King Vidor talk about directing this scene here

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Rushing in and out.

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A strange ritual of man line up to pick up a “career gals” leaving the office. 

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black racism

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“John Sims give a creepy stare at stranger and attempt to wake him from his sleep.”

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Love is in the air. 
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Women in love. _Eleanor Boardman

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A beautiful scene of the Niagara Falls.

Screen Shot 2013-01-04 at 9.42.37 AMThen John Sims give that creepy look photographing his wife.
I wonder what camera is that.

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“John creep at his wife after dancing with some flapper girl.”
Look at that huge shadow of guilt.

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As usual the disapproving family members.

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and the supportive wife.

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storm is brewing

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One point perspective. The hospital ward where Mary is sleeping after childbirth look like the office where John works. Mary is only of them in the crowd.

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And again the Sims family is only one of the crowd. I like how people used to dress so nicely on the beach. The lack of skimpy bikini make this scene rather surreal.

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Then come tragic. Amazing sequence

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John Sims went crazy grieving for his lost child.

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The final scene where by the screen zoom out to show John in the crowd again but this time he is with friends and family. He is happy now.

These screenshots are scene I am interested in.
They are not in any way telling the whole story.


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