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Elia Kazan
[1909-2003]

writer-director Elia Kazan [1909-2003] wearing a sweater          short profile

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“Kazan was on the right side of history.” — Mark Steyn, in The Atlantic Monthly

“Wonder is our need today, not information.” — Elia Kazan


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Elia Kazan entry at Wikipedia
Elia Kazan credits [1932-65] at Internet Broadway Database
Elia Kazan credits [since 1934] at Internet Movie Database
browse books by/about Elia Kazan at Amazon
browse Elia Kazan on DVD at Amazon


star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1960  Elia Kazan won an Oscar Award for Best Director in 1948  Elia Kazan won an Oscar Award for Best Director in 1955   received a contested Honorary Oscar Award in 1999      Elia Kazan received three Oscars
for "Gentleman's Agreemant" [1947] {Best Director},
for "On The Waterfront" [1954] {Best Director},
and a contested Honorary Oscar Award in 1999
— out of 7 Oscar nominations

He also received
National Board of Review Award for Best Director, 1947
three Tony Awards for Best Direction in 1947, 1949 & 1959
three New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Director in 1947, 1951 & 1954
International Award at the Venice Film Festival, 1950
Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, 1951
Special Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, 1953
Silver Lion & Italian Film Critics Awards at the Venice Film Festival, 1954
O.C.I.C. Award at the Venice Film Festival, 1955
Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Dramatic Film, 1955
D.G.A. Award for Outstanding Direction, 1955 - plus 6 nominations, 1952-64
Kinema Junpo Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 1956
Golden Seashell Award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, 1964
D.G.A. Honorary Life Member Award, 1983
D.G.A. Lifetime Achievement Award, 1987
Honorary Golden Berlin Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, 1996
National Board of Review Special Citation for Lifetime Achievement in Direction, 1996
Lifetime Achievement Award from the Istanbul International Film Festival, 1997
Lifetime Achievement Award at the Stockholm Film Festival, 1997
and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960



Movies  of  Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan credits [since 1934] at Internet Movie Database
browse Elia Kazan on DVD at Amazon

"The Elia Kazan Collection" DVD Box Set [2010]
Elia Kazan Collection DVD box set   Fox widescreen color DVD [11/2010] 18 disks for $144.49
contains 18 feature films: "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn" [1945]; "Boomerang!" [1947]; "Gentleman’s Agree-ment" [1947] starring Gregory Peck, film won three Oscars; "Pinky" [1949]; "Panic In The Streets" [1950] won Best Script Oscar; Tennessee Williams’s "A Streetcar Named Desire" [1951] won three Oscars; "Viva Zapata!" [1952], screenplay by John Steinbeck; "Man On A Tightrope" [1953]; "On The Waterfront" [1954] won eight Oscars; John Steinbeck's "East of Eden" [1955]; Tennessee Williams’s "Baby Doll" [1956]; "A Face In The Crowd" [1957]; "Wild River" [1960]; "Splendor In The Grass" [1961] won Best Script Oscar; "America, America" [1963]; and Martin Scorsese's documentary "A Letter To Elia" [2010]

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"Cafe Universal" [1934]

"Pie In The Sky" short [1935]

"The People of The Cumberland" documentary short [1937]

"City For Conquest" [1940]

"Blues In The Night" musical film [1941] co-written with Edwin Gilbert & Robert Rossen

"A Tree Grows In Brooklyn" [1945]

"Boomerang!" [1947]

won Oscar for Best Picture  "Gentleman's Agreement" [Fox 1947]
Directed by Elia Kazan, starring Gregory Peckfull credits from IMDb; film won three Oscars

"The Sea of Grass" [1947]

"Pinky" [1949]

"Panic In The Streets" [1950] won Best Script Oscar
1950=noir, 20th Century Fox, 93 min. Dir. Elia Kazan

Tennessee Williams’s "A Streetcar Named Desire" [1951] won three Oscars

"Viva Zapata !" [Fox 1952]
Viva Zapata! movie directed by Elia Kazan, starring Marlon Brando  Directed by Elia Kazan; starring Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, Anthony Quinn & Joseph Wiseman; won Best Supporting Actor Oscar (AQ), nominated for Best Script (John Steinbeck), Best Actor (Brando), Best Music, Best Art Direction
b&w DVD [undated] out of prodn/used
Fox b&w VHS [6/2001] out of prodn/used
Verese soundtrack CD [3/98] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
John Steinbeck's "Viva Zapata!" script in book form
Edited by Robert E. Morsberger

Penguin 7¾x5 pb [5/93] for $12.80

"Man On A Tightrope" [Fox April 1953]
Man On A Tightrope circus movie directed by Elia Kazan  Based on the true story of the 1950 escape of the Brumbach Circus from East Germany (some of whom act or perform in the movie); the owner of Circus Cernik in Czechoslovakia is harrassed by state officials; when a slip reveals that there is a spy inside the circus, Cernik realizes that he must get his people into West Germany or forever lose their chance. Directed by Elia Kazan; adapted by Robert E. Sherwood from a story by Neil Paterson; starring Fredric March, Terry Moore, Gloria Grahame, Cameron Mitchell, Adolphe Menjou, Robert Beatty, Alexander D'Arcy, Richard Boone, Pat Henning, Paul Hartman, John Dehner & Gert Fröbe; won Special Prize at Berlin Intl. Film Festival
available on Region 1 DVD & Blu-ray in the giant box set {above}
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"On The Waterfront" [Columbia July 1954]
won eight Oscars including Best Picture  won Oscar for Best Director  won Oscar for Best Screenplay  Marlon Brando won Oscar for Best Actor  
Eva Marie Saint won Oscar for Best Supporting Actress  Boris Kaufman won Oscar for Best B&W Cinematography  won Oscar for Best Set Decoration  won Oscar for Best Editing  
On The Waterfront poster  
An aspiring prizefighter who runs errands for the local underworld witnesses the murder of a fellow dockworker who was going to testify to the Waterfront Crime Commission. When he meets the sister of the dead man, his conscience begins to assert itself. Directed by Elia Kazan; script by Budd Schulberg; starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning, Leif Erickson, James Westerfield, Tony Galento, Tami Mauriello, John Hamilton, John Heldabrand, Eva Marie Saint, Martin Balsam & Nehemiah Persoff; won 8 Oscars: for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Brando), Best Supporting Actress (EMS), Best B&W Cinematography, Best Set Decoration, Best Editing; Oscar noms for Best Supporting Actor x 3 (Cobb & Malden & Steiger), Best Music Score; won DGA & WGA Awards; listed on National Film Registry (1989); listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (10/2005)
Sony b&w DVD [10/2001] for $18.99
Sony b&w VHS [2/98] out of prodn/many used
full credits from IMDb
"On The Waterfront" posters at AllPosters [dot] com

"East of Eden" [Warner 1955]
East of Eden movie directed by Elia Kazan  Filmed in color Cinemascope; produced & directed by Elia Kazan; script by Paul Osborn, based on John Steinbeck's novel; starring Julie Harris, James Dean, Raymond Massey, Burl Ives & Richard Davalos; won Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (Jo Van Fleet), Oscar noms for Best Director, Best Script/Adaptation & Best Actor (Dean)
Warner Home Video widescreen color Blu-ray [3/2014] for $14.96
Warner Home Video widescreen color DVD [11/2013] 2 disks for $9.23
Warner Special Edition widescreen color DVD [5/2005] 2 disks for $13.97
Warner Home Video color VHS [12/94] for $5.14
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
East of Eden book  
based on the novel [Viking Sept 1952] by John Steinbeck [1902-68]
Kindle Edition from Penguin Group [2002 edition] for $7.50
Penguin/Oprah 8½x5½ pb [6/2003] for $13.50
Viking/Oprah 8¾x6 hardcover [6/2003] for $20.63
Sears & Viking hardcover [1952] out of print/90+ used

Tennessee Williams’s "Baby Doll" [1956]

"A Face In The Crowd" [1957]

"Wild River" [1960]

"Splendor In The Grass" [Oct 1961] /tt0055471/
Directed by Elia Kazan, starring Warren Beatty & Natalie Wood; won Best Script Oscar
http://www.amazon.com/Splendor-Grass-Natalie-Wood/dp/B001LPWGGY/
http://www.amazon.com/Splendor-Grass-VHS-Natalie-Wood/dp/0790733935/

"America, America" [1963]

"The Arrangement" [1969]

Kazan's rare "The Visitors" [1972] > warFF?

"The  Last  Tycoon"  [Paramount Nov 1976]
Last Tycoon movie  A studio mogul fights for art against the mercenary executives in control of the studio, while distracted by a young actress who is an exact double of his deceased wife. Directed by Elia Kazan; script by Harold Pinter; starring Robert De Niro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum, Jeanne Moreau, Jack Nicholson, Donald Pleasence & Ray Milland
Paramount wudescreen color DVD [11/2003] for $9.98
Paramount color VHS [4/95] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
11"x17" movie poster available at AllPosters.com

Fitzgerald's Last Tycoon novel   "The Love of The Last Tycoon: A Western" [1941 classic, rev 1993]
by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1896-1940]; edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli

The classic unfinished novel about Hollywood; the version edited by Fitzgerald scholar Bruccoli restores the author's original intent. Said to be based on M.G.M. exec Irving Thalberg.
Scribner 8x5¼ pb [4/95] for $8.80
Cambridge Univ Press 8¾x5¾ hardcover [12/93] out of print/used



Other  Works  by  Elia Kazan

Elia Kazan credits [1932-65] at Internet Broadway Database

won Tony Award for Best Direction (of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons") in 1947
won Tony Award for Best Direction (of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman") in 1949
won Tony Award for Best Direction (of "J.B.") in 1959
plus six other Tony Award nominations, 1956-65

Co-founded The Actors' Studio in 1947 with Cheryl Crawford and Robert Lewis
official websiteWikipedia


browse books by/about Elia Kazan at Amazon
Kazan wrote an autobiography & seven novels

'The Arrangement' novel by Elia Kazan  "The Arrangement: A Novel" [1951] by Elia Kazan
A real pot-boiler of a novel, plot-wise, with serial adultery, attempted suicide, arson, mental breakdown, nude photographs, and attempted murder; but Kazan overcomes the content with a tale of the redemption of the protagonist, who eventually settles down with his mistress in rural Connecticut.
Stein & Day mass pb [2/85] out of print/many, many used
Stein & Day/BOMC 8¼x5½ hardcover [1967] out of print/many, many used
book entry at Wikipediamovie entry at Wikipedia

"America America" [1962 novel] see Kazan's Trilogy section below

'The Assassins' novel by Elia Kazan  "The Assassins" novel [1972] by Elia Kazan
The cold-blooded killing of a 'hippie' splits a New Mexico town between locals and drug-using, free-living squatters and soldiers from a nearby Army base.
Stein & Day mass pb [6/85] out of print/used
Fawcett Publns mass pb [1973] out of print/used
Collins import hardcover [1972] out of print/many used
Stein & Day 9½x6½ hardcover [1972] out of print/hundreds used
'The Understudy' novel by Elia Kazan  "The Under-study" novel [1975 bestseller] by Elia Kazan
A story of 1950s Broadway, with side trips to Africa, Hollywood, and Boston, and dealings with New York's underworld and television industry.
Stein & Day mass pb [4/86] out of print/many used
Warner Books mass pb [1976] out of print/many used
Stein & Day 8¼x5¾ hardcover [1975] out of print/dozens used
"A Kazan Reader" [1977] by Elia Kazan
Scarborough House 9¼x6 pb [6/77] out of print/used
mixed editions [6/77] out of print/used

"Acts of Love" novel [Warner 1978 NYT bestseller] by Elia Kazan
ISBN 0446855537 EliaKazanActsofLove.jpg

"The Anatolian" [Knopf 1982] see Kazan's trilogy section below

"Beyond The Aegean" [Knopf 1994] see Kazan's trilogy section below

Kazan's  Trilogy
"America America" [1962 novel] by Elia Kazan
http://www.amazon.com/America-introduction-S-N-Behrman/dp/B000J0W2MK/
"The Anatolian" sequel to "America America" [Knopf 1982] by Elia Kazan ISBN 0394525604
"Beyond The Aegean" sequel to "The Anatolian" [Knopf 1994] by Elia Kazan ISBN 0679425659


Non-Fiction  &  Interviews  by  Elia Kazan
Kazan On Kazan interviews book by Michel Ciment  
"Kazan On Kazan" [Secker & Warburg 1973]
interviews with French film critic Michel Ciment

Faber & Faber 8¼x5½ pb [1/2000] out of print/used
Viking hardcover [6/74] out of print/used
Elia Kazan autobiography  "Elia Kazan: A Life" autobiography [1988]
Da Capo Press 9x6 pb [8/97] for $21.75
Knopf 9½x6 hardcover [4/88] out of print/many, many used
Elia Kazan, The Master Director book edited by Jeff Young  "Elia Kazan: The Master Director Discusses His Films" [1999]
Edited by Jeff Young

Newmarket Press 9x6 pb [2001] for $19.95
Newmarket Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [6/99] for $32.95
Kazan On Directing book edited by Robert Cornfield  "Kazan On Directing" [2009] Edited by Robert Cornfield, Foreword by John Lahr, Preface by Martin Scorsese
Editor Cornfield collects Kazan’s notes & journal entries associated with "All My Sons", "A Streetcar Named Desire", "Death of A Salesman", "On the Waterfront", and others, as well as Kazan's notes on his productions of works by Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Thornton Wilder, Archibald MacLeish, Maxwell Anderson, and others; includes Kazan’s fine essay “The Pleasure of Directing”, and editor Cornfield’s extensive notes and commentary.
Kindle Edition from Anchor/Random House Digital [4/2009] for $13.99
Vintage 8x5¼ pb [1/2010] for $12.21
Knopf 9¼x6¾ deckle-edge hardcover [4/2009] out of print/used



Works  About  Elia Kazan

"Elia Kazan: An Outsider" documentary [1982]

"The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts" honoree [1983] /tt0319668/

"Great directors at work : Stanislavsky, Brecht, Kazan, Brook [Univ CA Press 1986]
by Jones, David, Richard ISBN 0520046013

"An American Odyssey" [Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd. 1988] by Michel Ciment ISBN 0-7475-0241-2

Kazan, A Director's Journey documentary film by Richard Schickel  "Kazan: A Director's Journey" [Lorac/First Run Features Aug 1995]
75-minute docufilm written & directed by Richard Schickel; narrated by Eli Wallach
DVD/Blu-ray not available • First Run Features color VHS [4/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb
Hollywood Renaissance / Cinema of Democracy  "Hollywood Renaissance: The Cinema of Democracy In The Era of Ford, Capra & Kazan" [1998] by Sam B. Girgus
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 pb [8/98] for $29.99
Cambridge Univ Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [8/98] out of print/used

see also the John Ford [1894-1973] Page at 'Readers of The Purple Sage' Western Bookstore
see also Magic Lantern's Frank Capra [1897-1991] Page

Directors Close Up interviews  "Directors Close Up: Interviews With Directors Nominated For Best Film By The Directors Guild of America" [2000] Moderated & edited by Jeremy Kagan
Scarecrow Press 9¾x6¾ pb [12/2005] for $19.77
interviewees include James Cameron {"Titanic"}, Peter Jackson {"Lord of The Rings"}, Elia Kazan (essay), Sam Mendes, Alexander Payne, Martin Scorsese & Steven Soderbergh

"None Without Sin" [2003 TV docu] /tt0386283/
paralleling the careers of blacklistees Kazan & Arthur Miller [no video 1/M6]
Directed by Michael Epstein

"Elia Kazan: A Biography" [HarperCollins 2005] by Richard Schickel ISBN 0060195797

Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age  "Conversations With The Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age: At The American Film Institute" [2006] by George Stevens, Jr.
interviews with 32 major writers, directors & cinematographers, including Ingmar Bergman, writer Ray Bradbury, Richard Brooks, Frank Capra, William Clothier, Stanley Cortez, George Cukor, Federico Fellini, George Folsey, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, James Wong Howe, John Huston, Elia Kazan, Gene Kelly, Stanley Kramer, Fritz Lang, David Lean, Ernest Lehman, Mervyn LeRoy, Harold Lloyd, Rouben Mamoulian, Satyajit Ray, Jean Renoir, George Stevens, King Vidor, Hal Wallis, Raoul Walsh, Billy Wilder, Robert Wise, William Wyler & Fred Zinnemann
Knopf 9½x6½ hardcover [2/2006] for $23.10
Tennessee Williams & Elia Kazan Collaboration book by Brenda Murphy  
"Tennessee Williams and Elia Kazan: A Collaboration In The Theatre" [2006]
by Brenda Murphy

Cambridge Univ Press 8¾x5¾ pb [12/2006] for $50.00

see also the Tennessee Williams [1911-83] Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

"A Letter To Elia" documentary [2010] /tt0808245/
Directed by Martin Scorsese



Friends  &  Family

first wife playwright Molly Day Thacher Kazan [-1963] married from 1932-63
daughter Judy Kazan
son Chris Kazan
son Nicholas/Nick Kazan married Robin Swicord
daughter Katharine Kazan
Zoe Swicord Kazan, daughter of Nick & Robin (granddaughter of Elia Kazan}


second wife actress Barbara Loden [1932-80] married 1968, widower 1980
IMDb listingWikipedia
two children with Barbara: Leo and Marco

made only one feature film: "Wanda" [1970]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanda_(film)



third wife Frances Rudge [] married 1982, widowed 2003


L i n k s
Elia Kazan entry at Wikipedia
Elia Kazan credits [1932-65] at Internet Broadway Database
Elia Kazan credits [since 1934] at Internet Movie Database
browse books by/about Elia Kazan at Amazon
browse Elia Kazan on DVD at Amazon
search for Elia Kazan posters at AllPosters.com

http://townhall.com/columnists/dianawest/2003/10/06/elia_kazan,_freedom_fighter



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