February 21, 2010 :: AMERICA, AMERICA @ The Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles. Followed by a discussion with actors Stathis Giallelis, Lou Antonio, and cinematographer Haskell Wexler, moderated by historian Foster Hirsch.
1963, Warner Bros., 174 min. dir. Elia Kazan
This sprawling epic about a young Greek, Stavros (based on Kazan's uncle), living with his family in Turkey circa 1900 and obsessed with emigrating to America, is one of Kazan's most moving, personal films. Kazan molds a talented cast of comparatively unknown performers into a powerhouse ensemble: Stathis Giallelis is perfect as Stavros, with able support from John Marley, Lou Antonio, Joanna Frank, and the underrated yet terrific Frank Wolff. Be sure to catch this masterpiece on the big screen. "May be Kazan's most accomplished work." - Time Out New York