Elia Kazan: The Cinema of an American Outsider

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Drawing on new and previously neglected sources, this book is an expert and timely reassessment of Elia Kazan’s life in the cinema. The result is a fresh and memorable portrait of both the man and his work which highlights the remarkable and enduring contribution to American, and world, cinema of this ever fascinating, Oscar-winning director.

Author Brian Neve examines Kazan’s key artistic collaborations—with actors such as Marlon Brando and James Dean and playwrights such as ...

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Overview

Drawing on new and previously neglected sources, this book is an expert and timely reassessment of Elia Kazan’s life in the cinema. The result is a fresh and memorable portrait of both the man and his work which highlights the remarkable and enduring contribution to American, and world, cinema of this ever fascinating, Oscar-winning director.

Author Brian Neve examines Kazan’s key artistic collaborations—with actors such as Marlon Brando and James Dean and playwrights such as Tennessee Williams and John Steinbeck—and analyzes his cinematic style, from visual techniques to recurrent themes in films such as A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront. He takes an in-depth look at the controversial Congressional testimony which Kazan gave to HUAC in 1952, for which he was ostracized by many, and which often overshadowed his cinematic achievements. Neve also assesses Kazan and his films in a wider political and cultural context, tracing the evolution of the filmmaking process through the changing role of the studio, the Red Scares of the late 1940s, and the censorship debates of the 1950s and 1960s.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845115609
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/17/2009
  • Series: Cinema and Society Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Neve is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Bath. He is the co-editor of Cinema, Politics and Society in America (1986), author of Film and Politics in America: A Social Tradition (1992, 2000) and an associate editor of the New York based film and politics quarterly Cineaste.

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Table of Contents

* Acknowledgements
• Illustrations
• Introduction
• Kazan at Twentieth Century-Fox
• New Directions: A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and Viva Zapata! (1952)
• Elia Kazan and the House Committee on Un-American Activities
• Filming the Waterfront
• Producer-Director: East of Eden (1955) and Baby Doll (1956)
• Journeys in the American South
Splendour in the Grass (1961) and America America (1963)
• Into myself: The Arrangement (1969) and After
• A Coda
• References
• Filmography
• Select Bibliography *

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