On the first day of February, a touch early to smell the Spring Training hot dogs but late enough not to worry about wanting it, I spoke to John DeMarsico—the New York Mets Game Director at SNY—about the cinema inside of baseball and the baseball inside of everything else.
A Face in the Crowd engages in a compelling paradox: it prominently displaces and visibly erases Blackness on-screen. Intentionally or not, in following the rise and fall of a white folk personality, the film tells a different but related story, that of “love and theft” as Hollywood’s original, and gravest, sin.