Happy Birthday: Elia Kazan (1909–2003)

Festival Reviews

eliakazan.jpgElia Kazan (1909–2003)

Born: September 7, 1909 in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire [now Istanbul, Turkey]
Died: September 28, 2003 (age 94) in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

His selection for an Honorary Oscar angered many in the filmmaking community on account of his being among the first to cooperate with the House UnAmerican Activities Committee in 1952, which led to the blacklisting that ruined many careers in Hollywood because of their political beliefs, and that Kazan had publicly stated that he had no regrets for that action. In response, there were loud protests against his selection for the award and some attendees of the awards ceremony, such as Nick Nolte , Ed Harris, stayed in their seats and refused to applaud when he received the award.

[on Marlon Brando] He was deeply rebellious against the bourgeois spirit, the over-ordering of life.

Boomerang
1947
dir. Elia Kazan
starring
Dana Andrews

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