Elia Kazan Quotes


62 Elia Kazan quotes:



"A film director has to get a shot, no matter what he does. We're desperate people."
"Hey, you must be doin' good, 'cause I never hear from you."
"I didn't have that much confidence. Maybe it looks that way. I'm glad it does."
"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."
"I was not a collective person or a bohemian; I was an elitist."
"The Communists automatically violated the daily practices of democracy to which I was accustomed."
"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."
"There was no doubt that there was a vast organization which was making fools of all the liberals in Hollywood and taking their money, that there was a police state among the Left element in Hollywood and Broadway."
"You've got to keep fighting - you've got to risk your life every six months to stay alive"
"Anybody who informs on other people is doing something disturbing and even disgusting."
"Every fighter has one fight that makes or breaks him."
"For years after I resigned, I was still faithful to their way of thinking. But not in the American Communists."
"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."
"I said to Tennessee, this thing is becoming the Marlon Brando show."
"I was the hero of the young insurgent working class art movement."
"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."
"I'm going to make a film where not one word is really important. I'm going to make it all action."
"I'm small, but I'm neither compliant nor agreeable."
"I've lost many of my best friends... I'm going to satisfy myself now, not the critics, not even my friends."
"Stylized acting and direction is to realistic acting and direction as poetry is to prose."



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