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Elia Kazan: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers)

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Amid extraordinary controversy at the Academy Awards ceremony in 1999, Elia Kazan was belatedly presented a Lifetime Achievement Award for his distinguished career as a director of American films. Despite the protests regarding his "friendly" testimony at the HUAC hearings in 1952, there was never any question that Kazan's cinematic accomplishments merited the long-overdue award. Few would dispute his being one of the great creative artists of the twentieth century.

Born an Anatolian Greek in Istanbul in 1909, Kazan emigrated with his parents from Turkey to the United States when he was four. As a young New York director, Kazan revolutionized American theater with his productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Death of a Salesman. He was the director also of some of Hollywood's most acclaimed films, including A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Gentleman's Agreement, A Streetcar Named Desire, Viva Zapata!, East of Eden, and On the Waterfront. Nevertheless, all his accomplishments since 1952 were greatly affected by his decision during the Cold War to testify at the HUAC hearings and to give the names of Communists he knew in the film industry.

In this collection as he discusses his social themes, his relationship with actors, his collaborations with writers, and his film style, Kazan is passionate, blunt, and often colorfully opinionated. The interviews cover nearly forty years and reveal a man who is remarkably thoughtful, candid, and willing to discuss any aspect of his long career. He speaks of his close relationships with Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Marlon Brando, and James Dean; of his involvement with the Group Theatre, the Actors Studio, Lincoln Center, and "method" acting; of his many artistic successes and failures; and of his difficult decision to testify at the HUAC hearings.

William Baer, an associate professor of English at the University of Evansville, is the author of The Unfortunates and the editor of Conversations with Derek Walcott (University Press of Mississippi).

Synopsis:

Forty years of interviews with the theater and film director whose reputation has often been overshadowed by his testimony against fellow film industry professionals during the 1952 HUAC hearings

Product Details

ISBN:
9781578062249
Subtitle:
Interviews
Editor:
Baer, William
Author:
Kazan, Elia
Author:
Baer, William
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Location:
Jackson :
Subject:
Film - Direction & Production
Subject:
Motion picture producers and directors
Subject:
Interviews
Subject:
Kazan, Elia
Subject:
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Subject:
Film Studies
Subject:
Film and Television-Production
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Conversations with Filmmakers Series
Series Volume:
105-813
Publication Date:
20000201
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
268
Dimensions:
9.10x5.84x.77 in. 1.03 lbs.

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