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Kazan on Directing

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Elia Kazan was the twentieth century’s most celebrated director of both stage and screen, and this monumental, revelatory book shows us the master at work.? Kazan’s list of Broadway and Hollywood successes?A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman, On the Waterfront, to name a few?is a testament to his profound impact on the art of directing. This remarkable book, draw ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by Vintage (first published April 18th 2009)
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Abdullah H.
Mar 21, 2012 Abdullah H. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me so long to read because I did not want it to end.
So I would go back and re-read passages, then continue, only to go back again.
The man is p u r e genius.
Congratulate me for graduating from this "film school."

John Hood
Feb 06, 2010 John Hood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bound Miami SunPost January 21, 2010 (p17)

Genius on Genius

Inside the Mind of Elia Kazan

John Hood

Many an old school movie insider might argue against even mentioning Elia Kazan, let alone proclaiming his genius. Yes, the man did direct such staples of American Cinema as On the Waterfront, East of Eden and A Streetcar Named Desire (not to mention the plays Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Death of a Salesman and the theatrical version of Streetcar as well). And yes, h
Nov 17, 2010 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kazan's words on directing all ring genuine and true, and I think they should be read by anyone who is interested in stage and/or film directing. Even for the casual film fan, the insights he provides on Streetcar and On the Waterfront are entertaining to read. The highlight of the book is Kazan's recounting of his relationship with Tennessee Williams. Personally, Kazan's advice on directing reminded me of my own experiences, validating my reflections on what I consider to be my own mistakes and ...more
May 26, 2013 Abieffendi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ayo-tukeran-d
Siapa suka film-film karya sutradara Martin Scorsese? Elia Kazan, adalah sutradara tersohor beberapa generasi sebelum Scorsese, seperti yang ia ungkapkan dalam foreword buku ini, melalui karyanya adalah inspirator utama Scorsese untuk menjadi seorang sutradara.

Mungkin mayoritas penonton generasi sekarang tidak mengenal siapa itu Elia Kazan. Karya-karya legendarisnya-- Streetcar Named Desire, Splendor in the Grass, East of Eden, On the waterfront-- kolaborasinya dengan aktor-aktor (yang kemudian
Royce Ratterman
Jul 18, 2016 Royce Ratterman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wealth of information for the director, thespian, playwright, and anyone-and-everyone involved in theater and film.
Personal observations and insights abound within the pages of this work.
Finding what the director sees as the 'message' of the work and delivering that message via the natural innate character qualities of the actor is the fine-honed skill of a knowing director's eye, and this book will grant the reader with an overview of a man who spent his life doing just that.
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Jane Mcneil
May 04, 2015 Jane Mcneil rated it really liked it
First, I do not want to be a film director. I read this book because of my admiration of Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller's plays. If you don't know all of his films, you'll need to do a little Googling to catch up. Overall, this is a look into the mind of one of theatre and cinema's greatest. After reading, you will see how a competitive, ambitious and creative mind works. He makes no apologies, and frankly who needs them. The honesty of his writing is the passion of a true artist. I'm glad ...more
Z Bloom
Aug 31, 2011 Z Bloom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I especially like the chapter about A Streetcar Named Desire (it's a must read for every young stage director). But I have to admit that expected something more about Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (the correspondence between Kazan and Williams was an interesting read, but I needed more insight into the process, into Kazan's thoughts about the play etc.). And too sad that Kazan didn't finish 'The Pleasure of Directing'. Anyway, what a joy it probably was for all these young aspiring actors, directors, pl ...more
Sean M Puckett
Sep 08, 2015 Sean M Puckett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good, if rather meandering, look at Kazan's work through his own notes and journal entries. One could distill his thoughts about directing down into ten pages, but the rest of the book is still good supporting material.
Alexandra Richland
Kazan is my favorite director. To receive a detailed look into his thought processes and techniques on my favorite plays and movies was invaluable. I highly recommend this book - as well as his autobiography, A Life, which is the best book I've ever read.
Dec 28, 2014 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good.
Eye opening in regards to Hollywood history as well as quality movie making, to say the least..
Jack Goodstein
Jan 08, 2010 Jack Goodstein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthologies
Nice collection of Kazan's thoughts on directing for the stage and film arranged by individual projects--culled from notes, Journals, letters,etc.

Full review on Blogcritics.
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Elia Kazan was an award-winning film and theatre director, film and theatrical producer, screenwriter, novelist and co-founder of the influential Actors Studio in New York in 1947. Kazan was a three-time Academy Award winner, a five-time Tony Award winner, a four-time Golden Globes winner, as well as a recipient of numerous awards and nominations in other prestigious festivals as the Cannes Film F ...more
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