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An Elia Kazan Retrospective


Waterfronts and Streetcars: An Elia Kazan Retrospective

Thursday, February 18th - 7:30 PM

Double Feature:
A FACE IN THE CROWD, 1957, Warner Bros., 125 min. Dir. Elia Kazan.
Andy Griffith is mesmerizing as an Arkansas vagrant-turned-television-sensation in Kazan’s provocative examination of fame, fraud, and the media’s transition from radio to television. "Brilliantly cinematic melodrama…paints a luridly entertaining picture of modern show business." – Leslie Halliwell

50th Anniversary:
WILD RIVER, 1960, 20th Century Fox, 110 min. Dir. Elia Kazan.
Always-excellent Montgomery Clift plays Chuck Glover, a young man sent to rural Tennessee to oversee the building of a dam. Deep-seated racial tension emerges when it is suggested that black laborers work on the construction of the dam, and complications only build when Chuck becomes romantically entangled with a local widow. "Kazan’s finest and deepest film!" – Dave Kehr

Discussion in between films with actress Patricia Neal, moderated by film historian Foster Hirsch. Patricia Neal will be signing her autobiography "Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life" at 7:00 PM in the lobby.

Friday, February 19th - 7:30 PM

Double Feature:
MAN ON A TIGHTROPE, 1953, 20th Century Fox, 105 min. Dir. Elia Kazan.
Frederic March, Adolphe Menjou, Terry Moore and the underused noir darling Gloria Grahame star in Kazan’s film about an Eastern Bloc circus troupe trying to escape Communist domination during the Cold War. A subtle and sparse anti-Communist work that got lost amid the more gung-ho films of the 1950s McCarthy era. "The whole point of the circus is that these are the least uniform, the most individualistic, the oddest, the most eccentric, the most widely ‘deviationist’ of any people. This is an ode to individualism!" –Elia Kazan

ON THE WATERFRONT, 1954, Sony Repertory, 108 min. Dir. Elia Kazan.
"I coulda been somebody … I coulda been a contender …" Director Elia Kazan adapts Budd Schulberg’s grueling account of Hoboken dock-worker life. The film features a purely iconic Marlon Brando as a washed-up prize fighter who falls in love with the sister (Eva Marie Saint) of the "stool pigeon" he set up for a corrupt union organizer (Lee J. Cobb, in one of the screen’s most convincing portrayals of everyday human evil). Rod Steiger delivers a wrenching performance as the older brother who helped destroy Brando’s chances as a boxer, and Karl Malden is the tough-minded priest who serves as Brando’s conscience. Winner of eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Actor (Brando) and Director. "One of the most powerful movies of the 50s." – Pauline Kael Discussion in between films with actress Terry Moore, moderated by film historian Foster Hirsch.

Saturday, February 20th - 7:30 PM

Double Feature:
BABY DOLL, 1956, Warner Bros., 114 min. Dir. Elia Kazan.
Based on a Tennessee Williams play and the recipient of four Oscar nominations, Elia Kazan’s controversial film stars Carroll Baker in a ground-breaking performance as a thumb-sucking child bride in the Deep South. Karl Malden is her middle-aged husband, Archie Lee Meighan, a cotton gin owner who eagerly awaits his beloved’s 20th birthday, when their marriage will finally be consummated. But rival cotton businessman Silva Vaccaro (Eli Wallach, in his film debut) suspects Archie of arson and takes an erotic form of Sicilian vengeance in this gothic tale of pride and perversity. "A droll and engrossing carnal comedy. Wonderfully entertaining. Kazan does some of his finest work here - his choices seem miraculously right." – Pauline Kael

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, 1951, Warner Bros., 122 min.
Director Kazan’s powerful adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ classic play made Marlon Brando a household name for his incendiary portrayal of working-class Stanley Kowalski, who collides headlong with fragile Southern belle Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) when she moves in with her sister, and Stanley’s wife, Stella (Kim Hunter). Brilliantly acted and mounted on every level, with Academy Awards going to Leigh for Best Actress, Hunter for Best Supporting Actress and Karl Malden for Best Supporting Actor. "A masterwork in some indefinable middle ground which is neither stage nor screen." – David Shipman

Discussion in between films with actress Carroll Baker.

Sunday, February 21st - 7:30 PM

AMERICA, AMERICA, 1963, Warner Bros., 174 min. Dir. Elia Kazan.
This sprawling epic about a young Greek, Stavros (based on Kazan’s uncle), living with his family in Turkey circa 1900 and obsessed with emigrating to America, is one of Kazan’s most moving, personal films. Kazan molds a talented cast of comparatively unknown performers into a powerhouse ensemble: Stathis Giallelis is perfect as Stavros, with able support from John Marley, Lou Antonio, Joanna Frank and the underrated yet terrific Frank Wolff. Be sure to catch this masterpiece on the big screen. "May be Kazan’s most accomplished work." – Time Out New York Discussion with actors Stathis Giallelis, Lou Antonio, and cinematographer Haskell Wexler, moderated by film historian Foster Hirsch.



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