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Elia Kazan


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CONTENTS 1. Introduction and Acknowledgements 2. The forties: Kazan at Twentieth Century-Fox 3. A Streetcar Named Desire and Viva Zapata! 4. Elia Kazan and the House Un-American Activities Committee 5. Filming the Waterfront 6. East of Eden and Baby Doll 7. Further Journeys in the American South 8. Splendour in the Grass and America America 9. The Long Goodbye: from The Arrangement to The Last Tycoon 10. Conclusions Notes Bibliography filmography Index

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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'.


Elia Kazan ' s reputation has been kicked around - since his controversial Life Achievement Award at the 1999 Academy Awards and his obituaries four years later - in ways which have seriously obscured an understanding of his work as a filmmaker. Brian Neve's book, by judicious use of archive material (notebooks, letters, scripts) and careful analysis of the films themselves as well as their critical afterlife, at last sets the record straight. The books sensitive treatment of the HUAC hearings of 1952, and well-informed analysis of such key films as 'Viva Zapata', 'On the Waterfront', 'Baby Doll' and the underrated 'The Arrangement', amount to a major critical achievement. 'Elia Kazan: The Cinema of an American Outsider' is less interested in settling old scores than in taking the work of this deep-thinking, driven artist - who made one big mistake in April 1952 - as seriously as it deserves - Christopher Frayling. Working with an impressively wide variety of archival material, including Kazan s personal papers and notebooks, Brian Neve here offers a solidly researched, insightful, and historically grounded portrait of Elia Kazan, his working methods, his 19 feature films from 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn' (1945) to 'The Last Tycoon' (1976), and his place in the cinematic and social world of his age - Chuck Maland, Professor of Cinema Studies & American Studies, University of Tennessee.

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