Elia Kazan, actor's director Oct 25, 2019 20:34:15 GMT therealcomicman117, Pelle, and 2 more like this
Post by spiderwort on Oct 25, 2019 20:34:15 GMT
Elia Kazan is commonly recognized as the best actor's director since Constantine Stanislavsky. His films (with the exception of a few "studio" films where he got stuck with stars he didn't cast) always contain performances of extraordinary depth, sensitivity, and emotional truth. He revolutionized film acting by introducing the Stanislavsky "method" and demanding psychological continuity and naturalism from his actors. And he was a genius at subtext. He set the standard, which has never been surpassed. All fine actor's directors since Kazan, indeed, flow out of his lineage and benefit from his legacy.
What a master he was.
He started The Actor's Studio in 1947 -- along with Cheryl Crawford, and Robert Lewis. Lee Strasberg took the reins later when Kazan decided he preferred directing to teaching. If you're interested in film acting or the directing of film actors, you must study the films of Kazan, especially A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, East of Eden, Viva Zapata, A Face in the Crowd, America, America, Wild River, and Splendor in the Grass.
And one more thing: on Broadway, he directed these award winning plays, among others (only one of which he chose to direct on the screen): A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tea and Sympathy, Sweet Bird of Youth, and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs.
Oh, and I forgot to add that he's also famous for discovering stars like Marlon Brando, James Dean, Warren Beatty, Eva Marie Saint, Lee Remick, and Andy Griffith, among others.
And many actors won or were nominated for Oscars for their performances in his films, including winners: Marlon Brando (multiple Kazan nominee), Vivian Leigh, Eva Marie Saint, Anthony Quinn, Karl Malden (multiple Kazan nominee), Kim Hunter, Jo Van Fleet, Celeste Holm, James Dunn, and nominees: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, Carroll Baker, Jeanne Crain, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Ethel Waters, and Mildred Dunnock.
Kazan himself was nominated for seven Oscars, won two, and received an Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.
What a master he was.