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> As part of a larger project that I am working on, I have developed an intere
> in the way that crowds, particularly politically charged crowds, behave in
> Hollywood movies of the 1920s through 1950s (I'm actually also interested
> in televisions depiction of crowds for the end of this period as well).
 
You may want to check out some of Eisenstein's writings, particularly his
notes, but also stuff written about him.  He was often acclaimed for his crowd
scenes, and he himself often praised American cinema, esp. Griffith.  There
may be a connection.
 
Steve Carr
Dept. of RTF
UT-Austin