Elia Kazan: The Cinema of an American Outsider

Brian Neve

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Elia Kazan's film work reflected key currents in American social, political and cultural life. This book uses archive sources to examine Kazan's film work between 1945 and 1976, and in particular to critically examine the role of the film director as a cultural entrepreneur, making key choices in his collaborations and drawing attention to key social issues. The book links Kazan to a number of directors who moved from the politics and theatre of New York in the thirties to Hollywood in the forties, and also analyses the impact of his identity as a second generation immigrant (brought to America as an Anatolian Greek in 1913. The book also deals with the issues relating to Kazan's controversial 1952 testimony before the House Committee on Un-american Activities, and explores key collaborations with Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Budd Schulberg and Marlon Brando.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon, U. K.
PublisherI. B. Tauris
Number of pages252
ISBN (Electronic)9780857712356
ISBN (Print)9781845115609
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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