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Wild River (1960): Elia Kazan and Monty Clift at Their Most Subtle

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 30, 2019

“You’re getting awful human aren’t you Chuck?” ~ Lee Remick as Carol “I was always human, wasn’t I?” ~ Montgomery Clift as Chuck With the mention of the Tennessee Valley Authority and what feels like Depression newsreel footage suggesting the work they are read more

Baby Doll (1956): Elia Kazan Does Southern Comedy

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 24, 2019

Elia Kazan had a fairly lucrative partnership with Tennessee Williams and the same could be said of his ongoing working relationship with Karl Malden. It’s fitting that all three are back for Baby Doll and yet it still manages to feel like a bit of an outlier in Kazan’s oeuvre thus far. read more

On the Waterfront (1954, Elia Kazan)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 3, 2015

On the Waterfront is relentlessly grim until the strangest moment in the finale. As the film finally reaches the point of savage, physical violence–it opens with the implication, but not the visualization of such violence–a supporting character (familiar but mostly background) makes a w read more

On the Waterfront, 1954, Elia Kazan

Criterion Blues Posted by Aaron West on May 17, 2015

May 17 Posted by aaronwest Waterfront Week was quite an experiment. This is not something I’ve done before but I’ll most likely do it again for important films as they come along. Here are the posts from the week: Kazan Naming Names – This is about Elia Kazan’s experiences w read more

On the Waterfront, 1954, Elia Kazan

Criterion Blues Posted by Aaron West on May 17, 2015

May 17 Posted by aaronwest Waterfront Week was quite an experiment. This is not something I’ve done before but I’ll most likely do it again for important films as they come along. Here are the posts from the week: Kazan Naming Names – This is about Elia Kazan’s experiences w read more

On the Waterfront, 1954, Elia Kazan

Criterion Blues Posted by Aaron West on May 17, 2015

May 17 Posted by aaronwest Waterfront Week was quite an experiment. This is not something I’ve done before but I’ll most likely do it again for important films as they come along. Here are the posts from the week: Kazan Naming Names – This is about Elia Kazan’s experiences w read more

Elia Kazan on Franchot Tone

Finding Franchot: Exploring the Life and Career of Franchot Tone Posted by Franchot Tone Fan on May 1, 2015

In his autobiography, Elia Kazan says much about Franchot Tone in his chapter on the Group Theater. Because there are a lot of great quotations, there will be more Kazan posts in the future. In the midst of Franchot's decision to leave the Group Theater for Hollywood, Elia Kazan captured in a lette read more

Wild River (1960, Elia Kazan)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Feb 8, 2015

Director Kazan opens Wild River with newsreel footage of the Tennessee River at flood. The film is set in the 1930s, something else the newsreel footage establishes. Kazan and screenwriter Paul Osborn spend the least amount of time possible setting up the film. The newsreel takes care of setting, w read more

Boomerang! (1947, Elia Kazan)

The Stop Button Posted by on Nov 1, 2013

Boomerang! is a mess. The first half of the film is a misfired docudrama, the second half (or so) is a fantastic courtroom drama. Richard Murphy’s script is such a plotting disaster not even beautifully written scenes and wonderful performances can make up for its problems. And director Kazan read more

Elia Kazan Lecture 11/29/07

Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog Posted by Google profile on Dec 1, 2007

About MeBlogger, Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog and more. Please add my Google profile to your circles. What I learned at the Elia Kazan lecture...1) Controversial figure throughout most of his life, many people refused to stand or applaud when he received his Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Ach read more