America, America

America, America

Director: Elia Kazan

Cast: Elia Kazan, Stathis Giallelis, Frank Wolff, Harry Davis

     
 

Filmmaker Elia Kazan based America, America on the early life of his Greek-immigrant uncle. Stavros Topouzoglow is the young immigrant, whose starry-eyed impressions of America are soon compromised by reality. Despite the casual cruelties, betrayals, and career setbacks, Stavros forms strong and lasting friendships which help him weather the worst. An OscarSee more details below

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Filmmaker Elia Kazan based America, America on the early life of his Greek-immigrant uncle. Stavros Topouzoglow is the young immigrant, whose starry-eyed impressions of America are soon compromised by reality. Despite the casual cruelties, betrayals, and career setbacks, Stavros forms strong and lasting friendships which help him weather the worst. An Oscar went to the painstakingly accurate art direction of Gene Callahan. Despite moments that are not suitable for children, America, America won a rare "bell-ringer" rating from the high-school oriented Scholastic magazines back in 1963; in the years since, it has become a stalwart of the American Movie Classics cable service.

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Elia Kazan was born Elia Kazanjoglous in Turkey to Greek parents. His family then immigrated to America to find a better way of life. Inevitably, things were more complicated than that. It is a situation that Kazan returned to often in his movies, perhaps nowhere more personally or successfully than in America, America. Based on his own book, this is the specific yet universally human story of the frustration and tenacity of spirit that marked the immigrants that came to America in the late 19th century. They escaped hard times and poverty and often found equal hard times and poverty as a reward for their long journey. There was occasional joy and opportunity, though, and they appreciated these as gifts. All of this is covered in America, America, along with much more. It is a long movie with sometimes poor pacing, but there is much to appreciate here. The time period is wonderfully created, and the movie deservedly won an Academy Award for best art direction. The performances are generally -- as in most of Kazan's films -- naturalistic and sincere. America, America would be Kazan's last movie for six years, and his last real achievement.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2011
UPC:
0883929158256
Original Release:
1963
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:48:00
Sales rank:
1,254

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Commentary by historian Foster Hirsch

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stathis Giallelis Stavros Topouzoglou
Frank Wolff Vartan Damadian
Harry Davis Isaac Topouzoglou
Elena Karam Vasso Topouzoglou
Linda Marsh Thomna Sinnikoglou
Estelle Hemsley Grandmother Topouzoglou
Paul Mann Aleko Sinnikoglou
Lou Antonio Abdul
Gregory Rozakis Hohanness Gardashian
Salem Ludwig Odysseus Topouzoglou
John Marley Garabet
Joanna Frank Vartuhi
Robert H. Harris Aratoon Kebabian
Katherine Balfour Sophia Kebabian

Technical Credits
Elia Kazan Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Dede Allen Editor
Gene Callahan Production Designer
Manos Hadjidakis Score Composer
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Haskell Wexler Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- America, America
1. Subject People [3:02]
2. Lesson to Be Taught [5:26]
3. Under Attack [8:43]
4. The Way It Is Here [4:12]
5. Last Hopes [6:51]
6. Everything of Value [5:53]
7. Family Farewell [4:37]
8. Brothers of the Road [5:00]
9. Missed Fortune [7:30]
10. Breaking Point [7:13]
11. Constantinople [4:43]
12. Big Plans [8:22]
13. Big Money - Gone [7:30]
14. Anarchist to Dead Man [7:29]
15. The Groom-to-Be [6:38]
16. Familiar Footwear [2:59]
17. As the Years Pass [1:16]
18. Thomna's Dream [8:21]
19. The Kebabians [12:09]
20. Mutual Understanding [4:07]
21. Clean Break [7:38]
22. Outward Bound [4:02]
23. Confrontation [4:16]
24. Starting All Over [6:04]
25. Last Dance [3:21]
26. Joe Arness [9:46]
27. People Waiting [5:16]
28. End Credits [3:01]

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