Elia Kazan And Directing

elia-kazanReceived opinion has it that Elia Kazan‘s “A Life” is one of the greatest books ever written about show biz. But I’ve never been able to finish it: in the 1950s, Kazan (pictured)— the director of “On the Waterfront,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “East of Eden” etc etc — named names, and in so doing ruined lives. I’m more excited about consulting “Kazan on Directing,” a new volume edited by Robert Cornfield. David Thomson’s review is laudatory.

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