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Elia Kazan Quotes

62 Elia Kazan quotes:

"I will say nothing to an actor that cannot be translated into action."
"Our relationship was cursed by the fact that we agreed on everything."
"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."
"The makers of entertainment must try, in our field, to be honest and grown-up."
"The thing about Brando was that I'd make these directions, and he'd walk away. He'd heard enough... to get the machine going."
"The world was like a huge red carpet out ahead of me to be walked on. And it stretched on and on, no end."
"There is only one thing I respect in so-called Broadway actors... and that is their competitive sense."
"What's called a difficult decision is a difficult decision because either way you go there are penalties."
"You can't just sit there and do the lines. You have to do something revealing or unusual."
"You have to remind people of their own struggles. It's a responsibility."
"You've got to keep fighting - you've got to risk your life every six months to stay alive."
"You've got to keep fighting - you've got to risk your life every six months to stay alive"
"A film director has to get a shot, no matter what he does. We're desperate people."
"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."
"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 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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