Elia Kazan, Rip

by Jonathan H. Adler

Elia Kazan, one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, died on Sunday at the age of 94. His cinematic masterpieces include A Streetcar Named Desire and, my personal favorite, On the Waterfront. He further directed several award winning plays on Broadway, and accomplished the rare feat of winning both Oscars and Tonys for Best Director. Kazan’s reputation among the Glitterati took a hit when, in 1952, he testified before the House UnAmerican Affairs Committee about his flirtation with the Communist Party in the 1930s. Nonetheless, the Academy bestowed upon him a much-deserved Oscar for lifetime achievement in 1999.

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