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Kazan on Directingby John Lahr
Synopses & Reviews
Elia Kazan was the mid-twentieth century’s most celebrated director of both stage and screen, and this book shows us the master at work.
Kazan directed virtually back to back the greatest American dramas of the era—by Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams—and revolutionized theatre and film with dynamic action, poetic staging, and rigorous naturalism. His list of Broadway and Hollywood successes—A Streetcar Named Desire (stage and screen), All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, On the Waterfront, East of Eden, Baby Doll, America America, to name only a few—is a testament to his profound impact on the art of directing. Kazan’s insights into these and other classic stage works shaped their subsequent productions—and continue to do so. There is no directorial achievement in America equal to his.
This remarkable book, drawn from his notebooks, letters, interviews, and autobiography, reveals Kazan’s method: how he uncovered for himself the “spine” or core of each script and each character; how he analyzed each piece in terms of his own experience; how he determined the specifics of his production, from casting and costuming to set design and cinematography. And we see how he worked with writers on scripts and with actors on interpretation.
The final section, “The Pleasures of Directing”—essays Kazan was writing in his last decade—is informal, provocative, candid, and passionate; a wise old pro sharing the secrets of his craft, advising us how to search for ourselves in each project, how to fight the system, and how to have fun doing it.
Published in Kazan’s centenary year, this monumental, revelatory book, edited by Robert Cornfield, is essential reading for everyone interested in American movies and theatre.
From A Streetcar Named Desire to Death of a Salesman, from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to On the Waterfront, Kazan's list of Broadway and Hollywood successes are among the twentieth-century's most profound productions, and the insights into these and other classic works are essential reading for anyone interested in American movies and theater.
Elia Kazan was the twentieth century's most celebrated director of both stage and screen, and this monumental, revelatory book shows us the master at work. Kazan's list of Broadwayand Hollywood successes--A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman, On the Waterfront, to name a few--is a testament to his profound impact on the art of directing. This remarkablebook, drawn from his notebooks, letters, interviews, and autobiography, reveals Kazan's method: how he uncovered the spine, or core, of each script; how he analyzed each piece in terms ofhis own experience; and how he determined the specifics of his production. And in the final section, The Pleasures of Directing--written during Kazan's finalyears--he becomes a wise old pro offering advice and insight for budding artists, writers, actors, and directors.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
\Elia Kazan was born in 1909 in Istanbul. He graduated from Williams College and attended the Yale School of Drama before joining the Group Theatre. He was the founder of the Actors Studio, and he won three Tony Awards for direction (for All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, and J.B.) and two Academy Awards (for Gentleman’s Agreement and On the Waterfront), as well as an honorary Oscar in 1999 for lifetime achievement. He died in September 2003.
Robert Cornfield worked with Joshua Logan on Logan’s autobiography, Josh, and edited The Dance Writings of Edwin Denby; his reviews and articles have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Observer.
Table of Contents
For the group theatre — Hot nocturne — The skin of our teeth — Dunnigan's daughter — Truckline caf
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