Kazan on Film: The Master Director Discusses His Film

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HarperCollins, Jun 22, 1999 - Performing Arts - 368 pages
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Illustrated with 72 photos and 19 original movie posters, these never-before-published interviews conducted in the early 1970s prove to be "an invaluable addition to film scholarship, [which] allows aspiring filmmakers to study the working methods and wisdom of one of our greatest artists." -Martin Scorsese In 1971, young filmmaker Jeff Young sat down with his favorite director, the legendary Elia Kazan, to discuss making movies. Over several years and hundreds of one-on-one interview hours later, Kazan revealed to Young his methodology for dealing with the problems and issues in each of his films and his experiences working with such actors, producers, and writers as James Dean, Marlon Brando, Tennessee Williams, Vivien Leigh, John Steinbeck, and many others. He also spoke about his experience as a witness before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Young conveys the essence of these interviews in his fascinating book published coincidentally in the same year that Kazan was given a special Academy Award honoring his lifetime achievement. The book features a summary of each film plot and a discussion of 18 of the director's films in his own words, concluding with the author's own commentary on Kazan's final film, The Last Tycoon.

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The artistically lauded but politically tainted film director reveals his method and insights in this capacious interview collection. In 1971, director (later producer) Young persuaded Kazan, his ... Read full review

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Elia Kazan recently received the Motion Picture Academy's lifetime achievement award, a controversial honor given Kazan's willingness to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Jeff Young is a writer, producer, and director, who served as studio head for three major film companies and was involved in the production of over forty films, including Blade Runner, Emerald Forest, and This is Spinal Tap. He lives in Los Angeles.

Elia Kazan directed A Tree Grows in Brooklyn; The Sea of Grass; Boomerang; Gentleman's Agreement; Pinky; Panic in the Streets; A Streetcar Named Desire; Viva Zapata!; Man on a Tightrope; On the Waterfront; East of Eden; Baby Doll; A Face in the Crowd; Wild River; Splendor in the Grass; America, America; The Arrangement; The Visitors; and The Last Tycoon.

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