Elia Kazan Birth Anniversary (1909-2003)

Elia Kazan Birth Anniversary (1909-2003)
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Today is the anniversary of the birth of Elia Kazan (born in 1909)

Elia Kazan (1909-2003)

Elia Kazan (1909-2003)

This polemic filmmaker was born one 7th of September of 1909 and he is known by his films On the Waterfront, East of Eden, Splendor in the Grass and many others (complete filmography at the end of the article), but he is also well-known by his declarations by his testimony as a ‘friendly witness’ before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1952. The Hollywood Blacklist was a turning point in his ncareer. After that, he declared that he took “only the more tolerable of two alternatives that were either way painful and wrong”.

Anyway, and because YM is a magazine about arts, we have to say that he was a fantastic director of actors, creating the ‘method’ that, even today, continues alive in Hollywood. Elia Kazan directed maybe the best actors of one era and he contributed to create a new form of understanding movies.

One personal note after watching his films: how can this director accuse anyone of being socialist? It sounds a little strange by the man who filmed Viva Zapata and On the Waterfront (both films considered ‘social realism’). One lesson: there are paradoxes in every person… everywhere.

Resquiat in pacem, Mr. Kazan.


Elia Kazan’s Filmography

1937    People of the Cumberland

1945    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Watchtower Over Tomorrow

1947    The Sea of Grass,Boomerang! Gentleman’s Agreement

1949    Pinky

1950    Panic in the Streets

1951    A Streetcar Named Desire

1952    Viva Zapata!

1953    Man on a Tightrope

1954    On the Waterfront

1955    East of Eden

1956    Baby Doll

1957    A Face in the Crowd

1960    Wild River

1961    Splendor in the Grass

1963    America, America

1969    The Arrangement

1972    The Visitors

1976    The Last Tycoon


Want more? Elia Kazan in the Wikipedia

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