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Kazan on Directing Paperback – January 12, 2010
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“Kazan stands alone in his work both on stage and screen. This book provides an excellent opportunity to deepen our understanding of Kazan’s achievements.” —Alec Baldwin
“A fascinating account of how a master director works. . . . It is also, quite simply, a good read.” —The New Criterion
“A wonderfully conflicted yet curiously confident self-portrait of a great director.” — Los Angeles Times
“Unusually entertaining . . . It’s not just his insights, it’s the incisive way he expresses them.” —New York Observer
“This is Kazan the professional speaking, a giant of the Method spilling his secrets. . . . An indispensable resource for anyone hoping to understand the direction of actors and the differences between stage and screen. . . . Revelatory and instructive.” —Directors Guild of America Quarterly
“Kazan on Directing displays Kazan’s interpretive genius at work, analyzing each major play and movie, working with writers on scripts and actors on interpretations. . . . Invaluable.” —The Providence Journal
“[Kazan] may be the most influential director of his time after Hitchcock. . . . If only every living American director would read this..” —The Buffalo News
“Remarkable. . . . A portrait of the artist in his own words. . . . A marvelous dissection and explanation of how Kazan brought to life some of America’s greatest pieces of drama, and at what personal price.” —Eric Lax, truthdig.com
“Elia Kazan possessed a treasure trove of knowledge about acting and storytelling. What a gift it is to have his ideas between covers in Kazan on Directing—a wonderful compilation of Kazan’s shrewd insights and vast experience.” —George Stevens, Jr.
“Kazan has been called the greatest actor’s director. In this illuminating book he details his methods. A must-read for everyone in show business.” —Carroll Baker
“[This] riveting book is Kazan talking to us—pushing us, lifting us, motivating us. Every student of stage and film should read it.” —Karl Malden
“[Kazan’s] experience as an actor in the Group Theatre helped train him to become one of the greatest directors of actors in the twentieth century. This amazing book demonstrates his rich understanding of the actor as an artist.” —Ellen Adler, Stella Adler Studio of Acting
“Astounding. . . . I have never, ever read anything as clear and personal and detailed (not to mention well-written) as this book. . . . I devoured it.” —André Bishop, Artistic Director, Lincoln Center Theater
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Amazing (if not one of the best) book for young directors looking to amp up their skill in their craft. So glad my teacher recommended this to me! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kat Castiel
Guy was also overrated, as most Hollywood directors are (& always have been.) Nothing fascinating here.
I had hoped to recommend it.
Even though, controversial, Kazan's wisdom and knowledge are priceless. This book is a requirement for anybody who loves directing film or theatre.Published on October 2, 2013 by Nelson Morales
Kazan is a master. His book is a must for everyone interested in cinema and the theatre. Terrific, wonderful, excellentPublished on August 2, 2013 by Roland