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Kazan Revisited
Lisa Dombrowski, ed.



Wesleyan Film

Wesleyan
2011 • 244 pp. 52 illus. 6 x 9"
Film, TV, Visual Culture / Biography


$35.00 Hardcover, 978-0-8195-7084-0

$27.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7085-7

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“Dombrowski offers a number of telling examples from each film…that illustrate Kazan’s mastery of a format most directors found troubling.”Dan Georgakas, CINEASTE

Top critics and scholars reconsider the cinematic legacy of Elia Kazan

A groundbreaking filmmaker dogged by controversy in both his personal life and career, Elia Kazan was one of the most important directors of postwar American cinema. In landmark motion pictures such as A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, East of Eden, and Splendor in the Grass, Kazan crafted an emotionally raw form of psychological realism. His reputation has rested on his Academy award-winning work with actors, his provocative portrayal of sexual, moral, and generational conflict, and his unpopular decision to name former colleagues as Communists before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1952. But much of Kazan’s influential cinematic legacy remains unexamined. Arriving in the wake of his centenary, Kazan Revisited engages and moves beyond existing debates regarding Kazan’s contributions to film, tackling the social, political, industrial, and aesthetic significance of his work from a range of critical perspectives. Featuring essays by established film critics and scholars such as Richard Schickel (Time), Victor Navasky (The Nation), Mark Harris (Entertainment Weekly), Kent Jones (Film Comment), Jonathan Rosenbaum (Essential Cinema, 2004), Jeanine Basinger (The Star Machine, 2007), and Leo Braudy (On the Waterfront, 2008), this book is a must for diehard cinephiles and those new to Kazan alike.

Contributors include: JEANINE BASINGER, LEO BRAUDY, LISA DOMBROWSKI, HADEN GUEST, MARK HARRIS, KENT JONES, PATRICK KEATING, SAVANNAH LEE, BRENDA MURPHY, VICTOR NAVASKY, BRIAN NEVE, JONATHAN ROSENBAUM, RICHARD SCHICKEL, ANDREW TRACY, and SAM WASSON.

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Reviews / Endorsements



“By boldly questioning all the cliches and received truths about him, this book opens up a space which allows us to appreciate Elia Kazan as a much more inventive visual stylist and complicated personality than had previously been the official story. The writing throughout is informative and analytically insightful and clear-headed: a model for film studies.”—Phillip Lopate

“A must for movie lovers, this terrifically readable collection is striking for its breadth of critical perspectives on a complex directorial personality. This is not just an unqualified celebration of Kazan and his work but a mosaic of very different points of view.”—Molly Haskell



LISA DOMBROWSKI is an associate professor of film studies at Wesleyan University and the author of The Films of Samuel Fuller: If You Die, I’ll Kill You! (2008).



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