Elia Kazan: A Centennial Retrospective
Opens April 3, continues into May
One of the most celebrated, influential, and, for some, controversial of American filmmakers, Elia Kazan (1909-2003) left a lasting legacy of films that both represent their era, reflecting the tastes and concerns of post-WWII America, and transcend it, taking on new meanings and resonances for audiences today. This retrospective includes the most celebrated of Kazan titles such as ON THE WATERFRONT and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE as well as some of his lesser-known works, including the too-rarely screened AMERICA, AMERICA.
AFI Member passes will be accepted at all films in the Kazan series.
A FACE IN THE CROWD
Restored 35mm Print!
Acid satire of the mass media, including advertising, TV and the packaging of politicians, as guitar-plucking Andy Griffith rockets from an Arkansas jail to TV stardom, with the help of journalist-turned-publicist Patricia Neal's intense coaching and connections. The other great collaboration between director Kazan and screenwriter Budd Schulberg, coming just a few years after their triumph with ON THE WATERFRONT. Featuring a pre-grouchy Walter Matthau as the mustachioed nice-guy writer and Lee Remick, in her screen debut, as a baton-twirling Southern belle. Print Courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Preservation Funded by The Film Foundation.
DIR/PROD Elia Kazan; SCR Budd Schulberg. US, 1957, b&w, 125 min. NOT RATED
Saturday, April 3, 4:30
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
#45 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies
"Stella! Stelllaaaa!" Faded Southern belle Vivien Leigh's Blanche Dubois is destroyed by brutish brother-in-law Marlon Brando's Stanley Kowalski. For the film version of Tennessee Williams's play, Kazan retained his claustrophobic setting and three of the four principals from the award-winning Broadway smash, replacing Jessica Tandy in favor of Leigh from Olivier's London production. (It took Kazan two weeks to break her of doing it "Larry's way.") Twelve Oscar nominations and four wins: Best Actress for Leigh, Best Supporting Oscars for Kim Hunter as Stella and Karl Malden as Mitch, and Art Direction. "No better, more powerful film of a play exists."--David Shipman
DIR Elia Kazan; SCR Tennessee Williams; PROD Charles K. Feldman. US, 1951, b&w, 122 min. NOT RATED
Sunday, April 11, 2:30; Wednesday, April 14, 7:00
EAST OF EDEN
A modern retelling of Cain and Abel transposed to California's Salinas Valley on the eve of WWI, with two temperamentally different sons battling for the love of upright father Raymond Massey. James Dean is the troubled son, and, drawing on both his own experience and actual on-set tensions with Massey, gives an electrifying, Method powered performance. With Richard Davalos as the good son, Julie Harris as the girl both brothers want and Jo Van Fleet, in an Oscar-winning performance, as a mysterious woman from Massey's past. "Feverishly poetic ... Dean seems to go just about as far as anybody can in acting misunderstood." – Pauline Kael
DIR/PROD Elia Kazan; SCR Paul Osborn, based on the novel by John Steinbeck. US, 1955, color, 115 min. NOT RATED
Saturday, April 10, 4:30; Sunday, April 11, 7:20; Tuesday, April 13, 9:00
Series Continues in May:
ON THE WATERFRONT
MAN ON A TIGHTROPE
SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS