Monday, September 29, 2003


Elia Kazan, Influential Director, Is Dead at 94  

Elia Kazan, Influential Director, Is Dead at 94: "Elia Kazan, Influential Director, Is Dead at 94

Published: September 29, 2003

Elia Kazan, the immigrant child of a Greek rug merchant who became one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood history, died yesterday at his home in Manhattan. He was 94. Mr. Kazan's achievements in theater and cinema helped define the American experience for more than a generation. For Broadway, his legendary productions included 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'Death of a Salesman".

Well, that's number three.. First we had Robert Palmer, then George Plimpton, and now Kazan. The old guard (and some of the new) are passing. Where does it leave us? I don't know. There was such a vacuum in the 70's and 80's, at a time when the next great generation should have come to power, that it's left us in a bad way. Not that we don't have some very fine directors and producers, but one look at the majority of Hollywood output these days and it becomes obvious that the good ones can only do so much. I really hope that there are some talented newcomers out there hiding in the corners.

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