Kazan Revisited

Kazan Revisited

by Lisa Dombrowski

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Top critics and scholars reconsider the cinematic legacy of Elia KazanSee more details below


Top critics and scholars reconsider the cinematic legacy of Elia Kazan

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“Dombrowski offers a number of telling examples from each film…that illustrate Kazan’s mastery of a format most directors found troubling.”—Dan Georgakas, CINEASTE
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In the 1940s–50s, Elia Kazan alternated between the film and theater worlds, working with exciting playwrights and talent, particularly Marlon Brando and James Dean, to bring a new style of acting to the screen. Dombrowski (film studies, Wesleyan Univ.; The Films of Samuel Fuller) collects essays featuring material drawn from Kazan's papers at Wesleyan University. Avoiding such familiar films as On the Waterfront, the book instead examines less-appreciated works like Baby Doll and Wild River. Kazan enjoyed working on location with nonprofessional actors, and several essays shed welcome light on such docudramas as Boomerang! and Panic in the Streets. Contributions describe Kazan's frequent depiction of "female pain" and, less convincingly, his alleged "homoeroticization of the American male movie star." Finally, no portrait of Kazan would be complete without coverage of his controversial decision to reveal the names of former associates to the House Un-American Activities Committee. VERDICT First purchases on Kazan should remain the director's autobiography, Elia Kazan: A Life, and Richard Schickel's Elia Kazan: A Biography. This somewhat scholarly book will be useful to Kazan scholars and film fans discovering or renewing an acquaintance with Kazan's key films.—Stephen Rees, formerly with Levittown P.L., PA

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Wesleyan University Press
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Wesleyan Film
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Molly Haskell
“A must for movie lovers, this terrifically readable collection is striking for its breadth of critical perspectives on a complex directorial personality. This is not just an unqualified celebration of Kazan and his work but a mosaic of very different points of view.”
Phillip Lopate
"By boldly questioning all the cliches and received truths about him, this book opens up a space which allows us to appreciate Elia Kazan as a much more inventive visual stylist and complicated personality than had previously been the official story. The writing throughout is informative and analytically insightful and clear-headed: a model for film studies."

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