Kazan on Directing

Paperback $17.95

Vintage | Jan 12, 2010 | 368 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9780307277046

  • Paperback$17.95

    Vintage | Jan 12, 2010 | 368 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9780307277046

  • Ebook$15.99

    Anchor | Apr 21, 2009 | 368 Pages | 6-1/4 x 9-1/4 | ISBN 9780307271419

Praise

“To read this book is to sit with Kazan as he talks about his work. You feel his energy, devotion, and openness. You are given rare and fascinating access to the insights and techniques of a great director.” —Sidney Lumet

“Kazan stands alone in his work both on stage and screen. This book provides an excellent opportunity to deepen our understanding of Kazan’s achievements.” —Alec Baldwin

“A fascinating account of how a master director works. . . .  It is also, quite simply, a good read.” —The New Criterion
 
“A wonderfully conflicted yet curiously confident self-portrait of a great director.” — Los Angeles Times
 
“Unusually entertaining . . . It’s not just his insights, it’s the incisive way he expresses them.” —New York Observer

“This is Kazan the professional speaking, a giant of the Method spilling his secrets. . . . An indispensable resource for anyone hoping to understand the direction of actors and the differences between stage and screen. . . . Revelatory and instructive.” —Directors Guild of America Quarterly
 
Kazan on Directing displays Kazan’s interpretive genius at work, analyzing each major play and movie, working with writers on scripts and actors on interpretations. . . . Invaluable.” —The Providence Journal
 
“[Kazan] may be the most influential director of his time after Hitchcock. . . . If only every living American director would read this..” —The Buffalo News
 
“Remarkable. . . . A portrait of the artist in his own words. . . . A marvelous dissection and explanation of how Kazan brought to life some of America’s greatest pieces of drama, and at what personal price.” —Eric Lax, truthdig.com
 
“Elia Kazan possessed a treasure trove of knowledge about acting and storytelling. What a gift it is to have his ideas between covers in Kazan on Directing—a wonderful compilation of Kazan’s shrewd insights and vast experience.” —George Stevens, Jr.
 
“Kazan has been called the greatest actor’s director. In this illuminating book he details his methods. A must-read for everyone in show business.” —Carroll Baker
 
“[This] riveting book is Kazan talking to us—pushing us, lifting us, motivating us. Every student of stage and film should read it.” —Karl Malden
 
“[Kazan’s] experience as an actor in the Group Theatre helped train him to become one of the greatest directors of actors in the twentieth century. This amazing book demonstrates his rich understanding of the actor as an artist.”  —Ellen Adler, Stella Adler Studio of Acting
 
“Astounding. . . . I have never, ever read anything as clear and personal and detailed (not to mention well-written) as this book. . . . I devoured it.” —André Bishop, Artistic Director, Lincoln Center Theater

Table Of Contents

Foreword by John Lahr
Preface by Martin Scorsese
Introduction by Robert Cornfield
 
THE DIRECTOR’S NOTES
PLAYS
For the Group Theatre
   Style and Spine, Style in the Theatre, Quiet City
Hot Nocturne
The Skin of Our Teeth
Dunnigan’s Daughter
Truckline Café
All My Sons
A Streetcar Named Desire
Death of a Salesman
Camino Real
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
J.B.
Sweet Bird of Youth
 
SHORT TAKES
The Young Go First; Casey Jones; It’s Up to You;One Touch of Venus; Jacobowsky and the Colonel; Deep Are the Roots; Tea and Sympathy;The Dark at the Top of the Stairs; After the Fall;The Changeling; The Chain
 
FILMS
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Boomerang!
Gentleman’s Agreement
Panic in the Streets
A Streetcar Named Desire
Viva Zapata!
On the Waterfront
East of Eden
Baby Doll
A Face in the Crowd
Wild River
Splendor in the Grass
America America
The Arrangement
The Last Tycoon
 
SHORT TAKES
Sea of Grass; Pinky; Man on a Tightrope; The Visitors
 
THE PLEASURES OF DIRECTING
On What Makes a Director
The Pleasures of Directing
 
Afterword by Robert Cornfield
Chronology
Bibliography
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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