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A groundbreaking filmmaker dogged by controversy in both his personal life and career, Elia Kazan was one of the most important directors of postwar American cinema. In landmark motion pictures such as A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, East of Eden, and Splendor in the Grass, Kazan crafted an emotionally raw form of psychological realism. His reputation has rested on his Academy award-winning work with actors, his provocative portrayal of sexual, moral, and generational conflict, and his unpopular decision to name former colleagues as Communists before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1952. But much of Kazan’s influential cinematic legacy remains unexamined. Arriving in the wake of his centenary, Kazan Revisited engages and moves beyond existing debates regarding Kazan’s contributions to film, tackling the social, political, industrial, and aesthetic significance of his work from a range of critical perspectives. Featuring essays by established film critics and scholars such as Richard Schickel (Time), Victor Navasky (The Nation), Mark Harris (Entertainment Weekly), Kent Jones (Film Comment), Jonathan Rosenbaum (Essential Cinema, 2004), Jeanine Basinger (The Star Machine, 2007), and Leo Braudy (On the Waterfront, 2008), this book is a must for diehard cinephiles and those new to Kazan alike.

Contributors include: JEANINE BASINGER, LEO BRAUDY, LISA DOMBROWSKI, HADEN GUEST, MARK HARRIS, KENT JONES, PATRICK KEATING, SAVANNAH LEE, BRENDA MURPHY, VICTOR NAVASKY, BRIAN NEVE, JONATHAN ROSENBAUM, RICHARD SCHICKEL, ANDREW TRACY, and SAM WASSON.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. On Kazan the Man
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. The Quiet Side of Kazan
  2. pp. 13-24
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  1. Elia Kazan, Seen from 1973
  2. pp. 25-36
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  1. “The Director, That Miserable Son of a Bitch”: Kazan, Viva Zapata! and the Problem of Authority
  2. pp. 37-47
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  1. Mr. Kazan Goes to Washington: A Case Study in Misguided Ambivalence
  2. pp. 49-55
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  1. Man on a Tightrope: Kazan as Liberal Anticommunist
  2. pp. 56-73
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  1. “Independence” and the “Art Film”: Baby Doll and After
  2. pp. 75-86
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  1. The Search for Humor and Humanity in Baby Doll and A Face in the Crowd
  2. pp. 87-101
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  1. A Straight Director’s Queer Eye, 1951–1961
  2. pp. 103-115
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  1. The Other Side of the Story: Elia Kazan as Director of Female Pain
  2. pp. 116-131
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  1. Documentary and Democracy in Boomerang! and Panic in the Streets
  2. pp. 133-147
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  1. Elia Kazan and the Semidocumentary Composing Urban Space
  2. pp. 148-162
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  1. Choreographing Emotions: Kazan’s CinemaScope Staging
  2. pp. 163-179
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  1. Lost River
  2. pp. 181-188
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  1. Late Kazan, or The Ambiguities
  2. pp. 189-200
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  1. Filmography as Director
  2. pp. 201-204
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  1. Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 205-207
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 209-210
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 211-218
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780819570857
Print ISBN
9780819570840
MARC Record
OCLC
726747143
Pages
244
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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