Elia Kazan

Born: September 7, 1909

Die: September 28, 2003

Occupation: Producer

Quotes of Elia Kazan

Elia Kazan

Take it from a director: if you get an actor that Sandy Meisner has trained, you've been blessed.

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Elia Kazan

The real challenge is not simply to survive. Hell, anyone can do that. It’s to survive as yourself, undiminished.

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I was the hero of the young insurgent working class art movement.

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The camera is more than a recorder, it's a microscope. It penetrates, it goes into people and you see their most private and concealed thoughts.

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It's difficult, if not impossible, to get away with anything false before the camera. That instrument penetrates the husk of the actor; it reveals what's truly happening - if anything, if nothing. A close-up...

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I've come to believe that everything worth achieving is beyond one's capacity - or seems so at first. The thing is to persist, not back off, fight your fight, pay your dues, and carry on. Effort is all;...

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If you're going to play a cowboy, show up with the horse at the audition

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Every picture that is successful has one little miracle in it.

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I was the true future. I understood Communism better than they did.

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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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I was able to capture on film things the actors didn't even know they were doing.

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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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Every fighter has one fight that makes or breaks him.

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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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I spoke without fear of contradiction. I simply did not suffer self-doubt.

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The more ambivalent you are and the more uncertain you are, then you can get something that you cannot anticipate.

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I may be getting old, but not foolish.

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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 used to spend most of my time straining to be a nice guy so people would like me.

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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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Anybody who informs on other people is doing something disturbing and even disgusting.

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I was taken in by what might be called the Hard Times version of the Communists' advertising or recruiting technique.

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To be a member of the Communist Party is to have a taste of the police state. It is a diluted taste but is bitter and unforgettable.

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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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A good director's not sure when he gets on the set what he's going to do.

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I knew the exuberance of playing before an admiring audience and hearing my secret voice.

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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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Elia Kazan

I value peace when it is not bought at the price of fundamental decencies.

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I want to thank the Academy for its courage and generosity.

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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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The world was like a huge red carpet out ahead of me to be walked on. And it stretched on and on, no end.

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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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Acting... was the biggest charge I ever had. What other artist has it so good? Approval so quick?

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Hey, you must be doin' good, 'cause I never hear from you.

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Elia Kazan

I don't remember anything anybody said in any Jack Ford picture. Nothing happens except action.

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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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I joined the Communist Party late in 1934. I got out a year and a half later.

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I said to Tennessee, this thing is becoming the Marlon Brando show.

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I think there should be collaboration, but under my thumb.

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I will say nothing to an actor that cannot be translated into action.

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Elia Kazan

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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The Communists automatically violated the daily practices of democracy to which I was accustomed.

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The makers of entertainment must try, in our field, to be honest and grown-up.

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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 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 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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