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Elia Kazan
September 7, 1909 - September 28, 2003
Nationality: American
Category: Director
Subcategory: American Director

Acting... was the biggest charge I ever had. What other artist has it so good? Approval so quick?


Miller didn't write Death of a Salesman. He released it. It was there inside him, waiting to be turned loose. That's the measure of its merit.


The makers of entertainment must try, in our field, to be honest and grown-up.


Our relationship was cursed by the fact that we agreed on everything.


I will say nothing to an actor that cannot be translated into action.


I'm going to make a film where not one word is really important. I'm going to make it all action.


I joined the Communist Party late in 1934. I got out a year and a half later.


The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.


I was not what you'd call a first-class actor, but I did all right.


You have to remind people of their own struggles. It's a responsibility.


I would rather do what I did than crawl in front of a ritualistic Left and lie the way those other comrades did betray my own soul.


There is only one thing I respect in so-called Broadway actors... and that is their competitive sense.


I gave my life to the Group Theatre, because in it I'm building something for myself. What I build, I am.


I have no spy stories to tell, because I saw no spies. Nor did I understand, at that time, any opposition between American and Russian national interest.


I may be getting old, but not foolish.


Stylized acting and direction is to realistic acting and direction as poetry is to prose.


A film director has to get a shot, no matter what he does. We're desperate people.


You have no idea how fragile an actor's self-worth is.


I was always a self-conscious person.


I was the true future. I understood Communism better than they did.


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