Facts about Elia Kazan

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Elia Kazan was a famous Director from USA, who lived between September 7, 1909 and September 28, 2003.

Zodiac etc.

He/she is born under the zodiac virgo, who is known for Analyzing, Practical, Reflective, Observation, Thoughtful. Our collection contains 55 quotes who is written / told by Elia.

Related authors: Cheryl Crawford

Famous quotes by Elia Kazan (55)


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"Hey, you must be doin' good, 'cause I never hear from you"
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"I question the value of stars. I think they're overrated. They get too much money, too much praise"
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"I was the true future. I understood Communism better than they did"
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"The first thing you should do with an actor is not sign a contract with him. Take him to dinner. And take him for a walk afterwards"
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"The makers of entertainment must try, in our field, to be honest and grown-up"
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"The motion pictures I have made and the plays I have chosen to direct represent my convictions"
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"The physical life of the scene is determined by whether the set squeezes people together or whether the set has an escape place in it"
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"The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal"
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"You have no idea how fragile an actor's self-worth is"
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"A good director's not sure when he gets on the set what he's going to do"
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"I joined the Communist Party late in 1934. I got out a year and a half later"
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"I may be getting old, but not foolish"
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"I owe Bankhead a gift; she made a director out of me"
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"I spoke without fear of contradiction. I simply did not suffer self-doubt"
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"I truly believe that all power corrupts. Such is probably the thinking behind every political film ever made in Hollywood"
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"I want to thank the Academy for its courage and generosity"
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"I was always a self-conscious person"
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"I was both very successful and very left; the living demonstration of how you could be on the left and still be in the gossip columns and be envied for the money you made"
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"I've lost many of my best friends... I'm going to satisfy myself now, not the critics, not even my friends"
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"Whatever hysteria exists is inflamed by mystery, suspicion and secrecy. Hard and exact facts will cool it"
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"Every fighter has one fight that makes or breaks him"
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"Every picture that is successful has one little miracle in it"
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"For years after I resigned, I was still faithful to their way of thinking. But not in the American Communists"
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"I didn't have that much confidence. Maybe it looks that way. I'm glad it does"
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"I hate the Communists and have for many years and don't feel right about giving up my career to defend them. I will give up my film career if it is in the interests of defending something I believe in, but not this"
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"I was an outsider... but I was also sympathetic with people that were struggling to get up, because I struggled to get up"
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"I wouldn't go up on a stage now if you paid a thousand dollars for one minute of acting. It's a nasty experience. You're up there all by yourself. You're so damn exposed"
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"Stylized acting and direction is to realistic acting and direction as poetry is to prose"
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"What's called a difficult decision is a difficult decision because either way you go there are penalties"
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"Anybody who informs on other people is doing something disturbing and even disgusting"
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"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"
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"I knew the exuberance of playing before an admiring audience and hearing my secret voice"
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"I think there should be collaboration, but under my thumb"
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"I was not a collective person or a bohemian; I was an elitist"
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"I'm small, but I'm neither compliant nor agreeable"
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"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"
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"Our relationship was cursed by the fact that we agreed on everything"
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"You have to remind people of their own struggles. It's a responsibility"
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"A film director has to get a shot, no matter what he does. We're desperate people"
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"I gave my life to the Group Theatre, because in it I'm building something for myself. What I build, I am"
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"The Communists automatically violated the daily practices of democracy to which I was accustomed"
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"The essence of the stage is concentration and penetration. Of the screen action, movement, sweep"
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"You've got to keep fighting - you've got to risk your life every six months to stay alive"
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"Acting... was the biggest charge I ever had. What other artist has it so good? Approval so quick?"
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"I don't remember anything anybody said in any Jack Ford picture. Nothing happens except action"
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"I used to spend most of my time straining to be a nice guy so people would like me"
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"I was even superior to the Communists and when they didn't go along with me, I quit them"
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"The belief that the good in American society will finally win out... I don't believe any more"
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"There is only one thing I respect in so-called Broadway actors... and that is their competitive sense"
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"When you know what an actor has, you can reach in and arouse it. If you don't know what he has, you don't know what the hell is going on"
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"I like directors who come on the set and create something that's a little dangerous, difficult or unusual"
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"I said to Tennessee, this thing is becoming the Marlon Brando show"
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"I value peace when it is not bought at the price of fundamental decencies"
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"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"
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"You can't just sit there and do the lines. You have to do something revealing or unusual"


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