Download Elia Kazan: A Life by Elia Kazan PDF

By Elia Kazan

"This is the simplest autobiography I've learn by way of a favourite American in I don't understand how a long time. it truly is ceaselessly soaking up and that i think the reason for this is that it matters a guy who's trying to discover a coherent philosophy that may be tricky adequate to comprise all that's gruesome in his individual and his event, but shall turn out sufficiently compassionate to offer sincere judgment on himself and others. by some means, the writer brings this off. Elia Kazan: A lifestyles has that candor of confession that's attainable in basic terms whilst the private wounds have healed and honesty can in attaining what honesty so not often arrives at--a wealthy and hearty taste. by way of such capacity, a recognized director has written a e-book that gives the type of human wealth we discover in a tremendous novel." --Norman Mailer

during this notable autobiography, Kazan at seventy-eight brings to the undiluted telling of his story--and revelation of himself--all the fervour, energy, and fact, the virtually outrageous honesty, that experience made him so bold a level director (A Streetcar Named wish, demise of a salesperson, All My Sons, Cat on a scorching Tin Roof, Tea and Sympathy), movie director (On the Waterfront, East of Eden, Gentleman's contract, beauty within the Grass, child Doll, The final rich person, A Face within the Crowd), and novelist (the number-one best-seller The Arrangement.)

Kazan offers us his feel of himself as an interloper (a Greek rug merchant's son born in Turkey, an immigrant's son raised in big apple and proficient at Williams College). he is taking us into the just about unintended sojourn on the Yale Drama tuition that prompted his dedication to theatre, and his edgy, intriguing apprenticeship with the recent and surprising staff Theatre, as stagehand and level manager--and as actor (Waiting for Lefty, Golden Boy) . . . his first frightened after which profitable makes an attempt at directing for theatre and flicks (The epidermis of Our the teeth, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) . . . his go back to ny to co-found the Actors Studio (and his lengthy and ambivalent dating with Lee Strasberg) . . . his emergence as most desirable director on either coasts.

With his director's eye for the telling scene, Kazan stocks the fun and issues of construction, his exact insights on performing, directing, and generating. He makes us believe the shut presence of the actors, manufacturers, and writers he's labored with--James Dean, Marlon Brando, Tennessee Williams, Vivien Leigh, Tallulah Bankhead, Sam Spiegel, Darryl Zanuck, Harold Clurman, Arthur Miller, Budd Schulberg, James Baldwin, Clifford Odets, and John Steinbeck between them. He provides us a frank and affectionate portrait of Marilyn Monroe. He talks with startling candor approximately himself as husband and--in the years the place he obsessively sought event outdoor marriage--as lover. For the 1st time, he discusses his Communist get together years and his wrenching determination in 1952 to be a cooperative witness ahead of HUAC. He writes approximately his start as a writer.

The velocity and natural drama of his narrative, his grab of the lifestyles and politics of Broadway and Hollywood, the fervour with which he observes the boys and girls and worlds round him, and, chiefly, the sincere with which he pursues and captures his personal essence, make this probably the most interesting autobiographies of our time.

Show description

Read or Download Elia Kazan: A Life PDF

Best autobiography books

Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 (The Complete and Authoritative Edition)

"I've struck it! " Mark Twain wrote in a 1904 letter to a chum. "And i'll provide it away--to you. you are going to by no means know the way a lot entertainment you've got misplaced till you get to dictating your autobiography. " hence, after dozens of fake begins and countless numbers of pages, Twain launched into his "Final (and correct) Plan" for telling the tale of his existence.

Conversations with Scorsese

Now with a brand new afterword: the historical past and strategy of moviemaking generally, and of Martin Scorsese's great and sundry motion pictures specifically, throughout the phrases and wit of the grasp director.

With Richard Schickel because the canny and clever advisor, those conversations take us deep into Scorsese's existence and paintings. He finds which movies are such a lot autobiographical, and what he was once attempting to discover and attain in different motion pictures. He explains his own type and describes some of the worthwhile inventive and private relationships of his profession, together with collaborations with Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Jack Nicholson, and Leonardo DiCaprio. a useful illumination and appreciation of 1 of our so much widespread movie administrators.

26 Fairmount Avenue (26 Fairmount Avenue, Book 1)

Tomie's kinfolk begins development their new condo at 26 Fairmount road in 1938, simply as a typhoon hits city, starting up a hectic, loopy yr. Tomie has many adventures all his personal, together with consuming chocolate together with his Nana Upstairs, simply to discover out—the not easy way—that they've got eaten chocolate laxative.

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir

From on-line leisure multi-millionaire, actress, and "queen of the geeks" Felicia Day comes a humorous, quirky, and encouraging memoir approximately her strange upbringing, her upward thrust to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to discover luck in Hollywood.

The web isn't all cat video clips. There's additionally Felicia Day—violinist, filmmaker, web entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, hoagie expert, and previous lonely homeschooled lady who overcame her remoted early life to develop into the ruler of a brand new international. .. or a minimum of semi-influential on the earth of web geeks and Goodreads e-book clubs.

After turning out to be up within the south the place she used to be "homeschooled for hippie reasons," Felicia moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of changing into an actress and used to be instantly typecast as a loopy cat-lady secretary. yet Felicia's misadventures in Hollywood led her to provide her personal internet sequence, personal her personal creation corporation, and turn into an online star.

Felicia's short-ish lifestyles and her rags-to-riches upward push to web repute introduced her profession as probably the most influential creators in new media. Now, Felicia's unusual global is full of strategies on creativity, games, and a splash of gentle feminist activism—just like her memoir.

Hilarious and inspirational, You're by no means bizarre on the web (Almost) is evidence that everybody should still embody what makes them diversified and be courageous sufficient to percentage it with the realm, simply because whatever is feasible now—even for a electronic misfit.

Additional info for Elia Kazan: A Life

Sample text

Was there life out there? And if so, was it benevolent, or malevolent? Was it primitive, or intelligent and evolved to any meaningful degree? Only the most daring or reckless asked such questions, as conventional wisdom, derived both from science and theology, firmly believed the Earth to be the biological center of the universe. This naïveté was reflected in the popular culture of the times as well. The movies of the 1950s and early ’60s are interesting in the way they depict America’s childlike understanding with unobscured honesty, along with a touch of fear, just as it really was.

These were transitional days for those in the testing fraternity, as there had been words between the older stick-and-rudder pilots and those of the new technological hybrid that would be needed not only for computer-aided flight in aircraft, but also for missions into deep space. Old-school pilots, great as they were, clung to the integrity of aircraft with mechanical aerodynamic controls that performed by reacting to the forces of nature within the atmosphere. Now here came these new pilots who aspired to one day “fly” beyond the atmosphere altogether.

I understood that if a person were to one day go to the moon, the voyager would come back a few microseconds younger than a twin who had stayed behind. I didn’t yet fully understand that at the bottom of all matter there was no simple, coherent picture of physical reality. Though they taught the mathematics of the new physics, the larger issues and the deeper implications of the theories had not, even then, trickled down to the ordinary engineering professor. Coming to fully understand the implications of these notions was years away.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.49 of 5 – based on 35 votes