The Master Director Discusses His Films : Interviews With Elia KazanBook - 1999
Drawn from a wealth of interviews, the author presents an intimate portrait of the Academy Award-winning director of such films as A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, detailing his moviemaking genius, relationships with celebrities, inner feelings and thoughts on the movie industry, and much more.
Illustrated with 72 photos and 19 original movie posters, these never-before-published interviews conducted in the early 1970s prove to be "an invaluable addition to film scholarship, [which] allows aspiring filmmakers to study the working methods and wisdom of one of our greatest artists." -Martin Scorsese In 1971, young filmmaker Jeff Young sat down with his favorite director, the legendary Elia Kazan, to discuss making movies. Over several years and hundreds of one-on-one interview hours later, Kazan revealed to Young his methodology for dealing with the problems and issues in each of his films and his experiences working with such actors, producers, and writers as James Dean, Marlon Brando, Tennessee Williams, Vivien Leigh, John Steinbeck, and many others. He also spoke about his experience as a witness before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Young conveys the essence of these interviews in his fascinating book published coincidentally in the same year that Kazan was given a special Academy Award honoring his lifetime achievement. The book features a summary of each film plot and a discussion of 18 of the director's films in his own words, concluding with the author's own commentary on Kazan's final film, The Last Tycoon.
In this collection of interviews, renowned Academy Award-winning director Elia Kazan (On the Waterfront,East of Eden, Gentleman's Agreement, Splendor in the Grass,Baby Doll, The Last Tycoon, A Face in the Crowd, and others) reveals with brutal honesty the joys and complications of production and his unique insights on acting, directing, and producing. 60 black & white movie stills and posters, Index, Filmography.