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Thankfully stavros's tale is more entertaining than mine and Kazan is more skillful in his presentation of it than I of mine. Kazan tells the personnal tale of his uncles journey from turkey to america. kazan excells when working from his own experiences and this film is no exception. kazan really understands the leads plight and his emotional connection shines through and rubs off on the viewer, you cant help but be affected by his plight.
The film is espesially relevant now in the uk, as our newspapers are clogged with biased debates on britains liberal imergration laws, i wish there waas a national re-release of this picture so to educate people on the truth behind many refugees, it creates a true sympathy that would be as moving today as then.
Critically this film did well and many directors such as scorsese rate it as inspirational, but it isnt a well known film and that upsets me, so buy it and love it and make me happy
And you can now buy it on region 2 dvd from amazon in france.
I can't believe I am seeing it, my 98 year old mother-in-law said, it is like total recall. She said I lived through that and even saw a church being torched full of men, women and children. The Turks, she said, killed the remaining Christian men and boys in my city. In my father-in-law's large city of Maras, some 99% of the Christians were killed or "deported", most to the dry Syrian desert by 1921, or the lucky few excaped at night south to Syria as did my father-in-law after his parents and all siblings but one were slaughtered (he was 15 then). The major murders of the Christians occurred beginning in April 1915 to 1916 and again in Jan. 1920 - some few thousand managed to excape to Syria. And the Turks until this day say there was never genocide.
See Dr. Stanly Kerr's "Lions of Marash" book (1973)whose book varified these episodes and more.
This is a marvelously captured narrative based on Kazan's own family. The film stands among the the best that Hollywood has offered. So why hasn't it come out on DVD yet? Kazan's opus should be available on DVD and should be be acclaimed everywhere for its brilliance. Hollywood needs to set aside its left wing politics and let film people do their work unhindered by petty politics.
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A prospective of America from the outside, looking for the streets (country) paved with gold (political and economic freedom). A masterpiece.Published 3 days ago by Ron Barry
This is an important video for me, because it shows my family history of when my father made that same trip to America from Greece. It was very emotional!Published 6 months ago by OS
This is one of my favorite movies ever. This gives a good account what life was like for the Ottoman subjects, the Greeks and the Armenians, without being too brutal. Read morePublished 7 months ago by JPants