Elia Kazan Famous Quotes & Sayings

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94 Elia Kazan Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Elia Kazan Sayings: I wouldn't go up on a stage now if you paid a thousand dollars for 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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Elia Kazan Sayings: The essence of the stage is concentration and penetration. Of the screen action, movement, sweep. The essence of the stage is concentration and penetration. Of the screen action, movement, sweep.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: I didn't have that much confidence. Maybe it looks that way. I'm glad it does. I didn't have that much confidence. Maybe it looks that way. I'm glad it does.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: With kids you can take a chance but casting a guy at 45 is different. With kids you can take a chance but casting a guy at 45 is different. You don't discover somebody that age. If an actor hasn't made it by that time he probably has no talent.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: The only guy who was at all helpful as a producer was Sam Spiegel with The only guy who was at all helpful as a producer was Sam Spiegel with On the Waterfront. He's one of the few who even knows what he's doing.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: The first thing you should do with an actor is not sign a contract with 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.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: I joined the Communist Party late in 1934. I got out a year and a I joined the Communist Party late in 1934. I got out a year and a half later.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: Never underestimate the narcissism of a writer. Never underestimate the narcissism of a writer.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: The more ambivalent you are and the more uncertain you are, then you can get The more ambivalent you are and the more uncertain you are, then you can get something that you cannot anticipate.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: There is only one thing I respect in so-called Broadway actors ... and that is There is only one thing I respect in so-called Broadway actors ... and that is their competitive sense.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: You have to remind people of their own struggles. It's a responsibility. You have to remind people of their own struggles. It's a responsibility.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: I was both very successful and very left; the living demonstration of how you could I was both very successful and very left; the living demonstration of how you could be on the left and still be in the gossip columns and be envied for the money you made.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: The thing about Brando was that I'd make these directions, and he'd walk away. He'd 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.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: I have no spy stories to tell, because I saw no spies. Nor did I 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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Elia Kazan Sayings: I was not a collective person or a bohemian; I was an elitist. I was not a collective person or a bohemian; I was an elitist.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: I was not what you'd call a first-class actor, but I did all right. I was not what you'd call a first-class actor, but I did all right.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: The thing with films is that you have to make something that will get people The thing with films is that you have to make something that will get people out of their houses, away from the TV set. You must touch people, say something. Otherwise, they'll stay at home.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: I like directors who come on the set and create something that's a little dangerous, I like directors who come on the set and create something that's a little dangerous, difficult or unusual.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: The belief that the good in American society will finally win out ... I don't The belief that the good in American society will finally win out ... I don't believe any more.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: I was able to capture on film things the actors didn't even know they were I was able to capture on film things the actors didn't even know they were doing.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: A good director's not sure when he gets on the set what he's going to A good director's not sure when he gets on the set what he's going to do.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: Truth gets buried, that's why people write autobiographies. Truth gets buried, that's why people write autobiographies.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: I question the value of stars. I think they're overrated. They get too much money, I question the value of stars. I think they're overrated. They get too much money, too much praise.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: I was always a self-conscious person. I was always a self-conscious person.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: I would rather do what I did than crawl in front of a ritualistic Left 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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Elia Kazan Sayings: I spoke without fear of contradiction. I simply did not suffer self-doubt. I spoke without fear of contradiction. I simply did not suffer self-doubt.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: Every picture that is successful has one little miracle in it. Every picture that is successful has one little miracle in it.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: The Communists automatically violated the daily practices of democracy to which I was accustomed. The Communists automatically violated the daily practices of democracy to which I was accustomed.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: I was the hero of the young insurgent working class art movement. I was the hero of the young insurgent working class art movement.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: The real challenge is not simply to survive. Hell, anyone can do that. It's to The real challenge is not simply to survive. Hell, anyone can do that. It's to survive as yourself, undiminished.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: There was no doubt that there was a vast organization which was making fools of 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.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: The world was like a huge red carpet out ahead of me to be walked 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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Elia Kazan Sayings: One final thing a director needs: The ability to say 'I am wrong' or 'I One final thing a director needs: The ability to say 'I am wrong' or 'I was wrong.' Not as easy as it sounds. But in many situations, these 3 words, honestly spoken, will save the day.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: You've got to keep fighting - you've got to risk your life every six months You've got to keep fighting - you've got to risk your life every six months to stay alive.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: I'm very pro-America, but I feel it necessary to keep in touch with Europe to I'm very pro-America, but I feel it necessary to keep in touch with Europe to maintain a perspective.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: I want to thank the Academy for its courage and generosity. I want to thank the Academy for its courage and generosity.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: A film director has to get a shot, no matter what he does. We're desperate A film director has to get a shot, no matter what he does. We're desperate people.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: I was the true future. I understood Communism better than they did. I was the true future. I understood Communism better than they did.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: People made suggestions, but, hell, I don't actually listen to anybody, I just go my People made suggestions, but, hell, I don't actually listen to anybody, I just go my own way.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: What's called a difficult decision is a difficult decision because either way you go there What's called a difficult decision is a difficult decision because either way you go there are penalties.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: Whatever hysteria exists is inflamed by mystery, suspicion and secrecy. Hard and exact facts will Whatever hysteria exists is inflamed by mystery, suspicion and secrecy. Hard and exact facts will cool it.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: I knew the exuberance of playing before an admiring audience and hearing my secret voice. I knew the exuberance of playing before an admiring audience and hearing my secret voice.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: I was an outsider ... but I was also sympathetic with people that were struggling 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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Elia Kazan Sayings: Very often the Group actor is a critic when he's acting and an actor when Very often the Group actor is a critic when he's acting and an actor when he's criticizing.
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Elia Kazan Sayings: It's difficult, if not impossible, to get away with anything false before the camera. That 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 demands absolute truth. It's a severe and awesome truth
Elia Kazan Sayings: The physical life of the scene is determined by whether the set squeezes people together 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.
Elia Kazan Sayings: Our relationship was cursed by the fact that we agreed on everything. Our relationship was cursed by the fact that we agreed on everything.
Elia Kazan Sayings: I will say nothing to an actor that cannot be translated into action. I will say nothing to an actor that cannot be translated into action.
Elia Kazan Sayings: If you're going to play a cowboy, show up with the horse at the audition If you're going to play a cowboy, show up with the horse at the audition
Elia Kazan Sayings: I used to spend most of my time straining to be a nice guy so I used to spend most of my time straining to be a nice guy so people would like me.
Elia Kazan Sayings: Anybody who informs on other people is doing something disturbing and even disgusting. Anybody who informs on other people is doing something disturbing and even disgusting.
Elia Kazan Sayings: The motion pictures I have made and the plays I have chosen to direct represent The motion pictures I have made and the plays I have chosen to direct represent my convictions.
Elia Kazan Sayings: Some directors, like Stevens [George Stevens], shoot full circle, 360 degrees, and that's what's right Some directors, like Stevens [George Stevens], shoot full circle, 360 degrees, and that's what's right for them. I generally shoot at about a seven to one ratio. But part of that is because I've worked on every screenplay, so I'm further along in the visual concept.
Elia Kazan Sayings: I don't remember anything anybody said in any Jack Ford picture. Nothing happens except action. I don't remember anything anybody said in any Jack Ford picture. Nothing happens except action.
Elia Kazan Sayings: I've lost many of my best friends ... I'm going to satisfy myself now, not I've lost many of my best friends ... I'm going to satisfy myself now, not the critics, not even my friends.
Elia Kazan Sayings: Acting ... was the biggest charge I ever had. What other artist has it so Acting ... was the biggest charge I ever had. What other artist has it so good? Approval so quick?
Elia Kazan Sayings: I think there should be collaboration, but under my thumb. I think there should be collaboration, but under my thumb.
Elia Kazan Sayings: I was born in Turkey in an extremely oppressive climate at the time of pogroms, I was born in Turkey in an extremely oppressive climate at the time of pogroms, massacres, really. An immigrant appreciates the freedom more.
Elia Kazan Sayings: I'm small, but I'm neither compliant nor agreeable. I'm small, but I'm neither compliant nor agreeable.
Elia Kazan Sayings: Hey, you must be doin' good, 'cause I never hear from you. Hey, you must be doin' good, 'cause I never hear from you.
Elia Kazan Sayings: I owe Bankhead a gift; she made a director out of me. I owe Bankhead a gift; she made a director out of me.
Elia Kazan Sayings: I didn't have the problem of finding myself at 45 on the wrong course - I didn't have the problem of finding myself at 45 on the wrong course - I always wanted to be a film director.
Elia Kazan Sayings: Stylized acting and direction is to realistic acting and direction as poetry is to prose. Stylized acting and direction is to realistic acting and direction as poetry is to prose.
Elia Kazan Sayings: TV has made us get down to the nub and new films will begin to TV has made us get down to the nub and new films will begin to live up to what the medium can be.
Elia Kazan Sayings: To be a member of the Communist Party is to have a taste of the 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.
Elia Kazan Sayings: Criticism- a big bite out of someone's back. Criticism- a big bite out of someone's back.
Elia Kazan Sayings: Wonder is our need today, not information. Wonder is our need today, not information.
Elia Kazan Sayings: Every fighter has one fight that makes or breaks him. Every fighter has one fight that makes or breaks him.
Elia Kazan Sayings: Take it from a director: if you get an actor that Sandy Meisner has trained, Take it from a director: if you get an actor that Sandy Meisner has trained, you've been blessed.
Elia Kazan Sayings: I know many of the critics and I don't think of them as God-like figures. I know many of the critics and I don't think of them as God-like figures. What can they do to hurt me? Sure, I might be slightly embarrassed for a day, but then you just go your own way.
Elia Kazan Sayings: I gave my life to the Group Theatre, because in it I'm building something for I gave my life to the Group Theatre, because in it I'm building something for myself. What I build, I am.
Elia Kazan Sayings: I hate the Communists and have for many years and don't feel right about giving 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.
Elia Kazan Sayings: I won't go back to the theater. I like some of the things they're doing I won't go back to the theater. I like some of the things they're doing but it's different now, not something I could do. I'll go on making films the rest of my life.
Elia Kazan Sayings: Miller didn't write Death of a Salesman. He released it. It was there inside him, 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.
Elia Kazan Sayings: I value peace when it is not bought at the price of fundamental decencies. I value peace when it is not bought at the price of fundamental decencies.
Elia Kazan Sayings: I may be getting old, but not foolish. I may be getting old, but not foolish.
Elia Kazan Sayings: I was very intense. I think it's a privilege to be an actor. I was very intense. I think it's a privilege to be an actor.
Elia Kazan Sayings: Look for the contradictions in every character, especially in your heroes and villains. No one Look for the contradictions in every character, especially in your heroes and villains. No one should be what they first seem to be. Surprise the audience.
Elia Kazan Sayings: When you know what an actor has, you can reach in and arouse it. If 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.
Elia Kazan Sayings: I was even superior to the Communists and when they didn't go along with me, I was even superior to the Communists and when they didn't go along with me, I quit them.
Elia Kazan Sayings: You have no idea how fragile an actor's self-worth is. You have no idea how fragile an actor's self-worth is.
Elia Kazan Sayings: I left the theater; I literally left to begin a new life. I left the theater; I literally left to begin a new life.
Elia Kazan Sayings: The camera is more than a recorder, it's a microscope. It penetrates, it goes into 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.
Elia Kazan Sayings: You can't just sit there and do the lines. You have to do something revealing You can't just sit there and do the lines. You have to do something revealing or unusual.
Elia Kazan Sayings: The makers of entertainment must try, in our field, to be honest and grown-up. The makers of entertainment must try, in our field, to be honest and grown-up.
Elia Kazan Sayings: The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don't The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.
Elia Kazan Sayings: A face, he believes, is a piece of sculpture that has taken a lifetime to A face, he believes, is a piece of sculpture that has taken a lifetime to mold, so it tells more than any actor's technique possibly could. I've watched Fellini work, and he did
Elia Kazan Sayings: For years after I resigned, I was still faithful to their way of thinking. But For years after I resigned, I was still faithful to their way of thinking. But not in the American Communists.
Elia Kazan Sayings: I am not a cosmic orphan. I am not a cosmic orphan.
Elia Kazan Sayings: I'm going to make a film where not one word is really important. I'm going I'm going to make a film where not one word is really important. I'm going to make it all action.
Elia Kazan Sayings: I truly believe that all power corrupts. Such is probably the thinking behind every political I truly believe that all power corrupts. Such is probably the thinking behind every political film ever made in Hollywood.
Elia Kazan Sayings: I said to Tennessee, this thing is becoming the Marlon Brando show. I said to Tennessee, this thing is becoming the Marlon Brando show.
Elia Kazan Sayings: There aren't many male stars - that's a loose term - like Kirk [Douglas] around. There aren't many male stars - that's a loose term - like Kirk [Douglas] around. Most of those virile personalities have to keep working, continue the image because they can't do anything else. They don't even read. Their real identity is in making those pictures. They have to keep jumping on horses and hitting somebody on the head with a gun.
Elia Kazan Sayings: I was taken in by what might be called the Hard Times version of the I was taken in by what might be called the Hard Times version of the Communists' advertising or recruiting technique.