Download Elia Kazan: The Cinema of an American Outsider by Brian Neve PDF

By Brian Neve

Drawing on new and formerly ignored resources, this publication is knowledgeable and well timed reassessment of Elia Kazan’s lifestyles within the cinema. the result's a clean and noteworthy portrait of either the guy and his paintings which highlights the striking and enduring contribution to American, and global, cinema of this ever attention-grabbing, Oscar-winning director.
Author Brian Neve examines Kazan’s key inventive collaborations--with actors comparable to Marlon Brando and James Dean and playwrights equivalent to Tennessee Williams and John Steinbeck--and analyzes his cinematic kind, from visible thoughts to recurrent topics in movies akin to A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront. he's taking an in-depth examine the debatable Congressional testimony which Kazan gave to HUAC in 1952, for which he used to be ostracized through many, and which frequently overshadowed his cinematic achievements. Neve additionally assesses Kazan and his movies in a much wider political and cultural context, tracing the evolution of the filmmaking procedure during the altering position of the studio, the purple Scares of the overdue Nineteen Forties, and the censorship debates of the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties.

Show description

Read or Download Elia Kazan: The Cinema of an American Outsider PDF

Similar movies books

Public Enemies, Public Heroes: Screening the Gangster from Little Caesar to Touch of Evil

During this learn of Hollywood gangster movies, Jonathan Munby examines their debatable content material and the way it used to be subjected to continuous ethical and political censure. starting within the early Nineteen Thirties, those motion pictures informed compelling tales approximately ethnic city lower-class wants to "make it" in an the USA ruled by way of Anglo-Saxon Protestant beliefs and devastated by means of the nice melancholy.

Beyond Dolby (Stereo): Cinema in the Digital Sound Age

Considering the fact that electronic encompass sound know-how first seemed in cinemas two decades in the past, it has unfold from theaters to houses and from videos to tv, tune, and games. but at the same time five. 1 has turn into the traditional for audiovisual media, its impression has long past unexamined. Drawing on works from the earlier 20 years, in addition to dozens of interviews with sound designers, mixers, and editors, Mark Kerins uncovers how five.

San Francisco Noir

Fresh tales via: Domenic Stansberry, Barry Gifford, Eddie Muller, Robert Mailer Anderson, Michelle Tea, Peter Plate, Kate Braverman, David Corbett, Alejandro Murguía, Sin Soracco, Alvin Lu, Jon Longhi, Will Christopher Baer, Jim Nesbit, and David Henry Sterry. San Francisco Noir lashes out with hard-biting, all-original stories exploring the shadowy nether areas of scenic "Baghdad via the Bay.

Strange New World: Sex Films of the 1970s

(Black and white / 710 pages / grownup content material and robust language)  To examine the realm of the prior via movies could be a sobering perception into how issues have replaced, yet to examine the area of the 20 th century via intercourse motion pictures is to witness a global that's nearly inexplicable. In no decade is that this event more odd than the Seventies, and but it truly is below part a century long ago.

Additional resources for Elia Kazan: The Cinema of an American Outsider

Sample text

He also referred to cutting ‘enormous hunks’ out of a number of long speeches, especially those of Blanche. In a letter that is revealing about his aspirations and notion of filmmaking, Kazan reported to Warner that ‘Now I’m down to beating the typewriter myself, which is the way Movies are made’. On the ‘rape thing’ he added that ‘I’ve got sight of a real solution’. This crucial scene was due to be shot in the first week of October, and Jack Vizzard, who had joined the Production Code Administration (PCA) after leaving a Jesuit seminary, phoned the studio that week to try and find out what solution, if any, had been found.

While RKO had released Crossfire (1947) before Gentleman’s Agreement (1948) opened, it was the prestigious Fox film, dealing with anti-Semitism in terms of middle-class evasions, silences and conspiracies, that was seen as especially daring, and that was most successful at the box office and at the following year’s Academy Awards ceremony. The script, written by Moss Hart from Laura Z. Hobson’s bestselling novel, makes several references to ‘crackpot’ approaches to anti-Semitism in which the main source of the prejudice is seen as a disturbed if not psychotic individual, like the returning veteran played by Robert Ryan in Crossfire.

13 Boomerang! begins with a 360 degree panorama of the centre of Stamford, Connecticut, and with a narration that reflects on Bridgetown, a supposedly typical American town. Kazan keeps the story moving quickly, as we see the reaction of local townspeople to the murder of a well-liked local clergyman. There is growing pressure on Chief of Police ‘Robby’ Robinson (Lee J. Cobb) to find the murderer, not least from the Reform Administration and rival machine politicians, both with an eye on their prospects in the forthcoming election.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.29 of 5 – based on 23 votes