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Elia Kazan Quotes

62 Elia Kazan quotes:

"I knew the exuberance of playing before an admiring audience and hearing my secret voice."
"I like directors who come on the set and create something that's a little dangerous, difficult or unusual."
"I question the value of stars. I think they're overrated. They get too much money, too much praise."
"I said to Tennessee, this thing is becoming the Marlon Brando show."
"I was not a collective person or a bohemian; I was an elitist."
"I was the hero of the young insurgent working class art movement."
"I was very intense. I think it's a privilege to be an actor."
"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."
"The belief that the good in American society will finally win out... I don't believe any more."
"The Communists automatically violated the daily practices of democracy to which I was accustomed."
"The essence of the stage is concentration and penetration. Of the screen action, movement, sweep."
"The more ambivalent you are and the more uncertain you are, then you can get something that you cannot anticipate."
"The motion pictures I have made and the plays I have chosen to direct represent my convictions."
"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."
"Very often the Group actor is a critic when he's acting and an actor when he's criticizing."

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