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DIRECTED BY ELIA KAZAN (September 7, 6am - 8pm)--On September 7, TCM is paying a birthday tribute to Elia Kazan--he would have been 108. I've covered Kazan and his films many times in this column over the years. There are a few reasons for that, the most obvious of which is that he was a giant, one of our greatest directors. And then, on a personal level, he had a profound effect on me as a filmmaker and, in the last few years of his life, as a human being. Actually, we had met when I was a student at Washington Square College back in the 60s--I wanted to work as his on-set assistant and, of course, to show him my script. He said no to both, and I was crushed at the time but in the end it was a good thing: I held him in such reverence that I would have been a terrible assistant, and he let me know by example that the best thing I could do for myself was to find my own way. I realize that he's a controversial figure to some because of his friendly testimony before HUAC, but there's no denying that he was a giant: this was the man that started the Actors' Studio and transformed American theatre and cinema at the same time, and he accomplished almost all of it after the testimony. 

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