Story of a young couple in Prohibition era America, torn between sexual desire and conscience. –BFI
Kazan was born Elias Kazancoglu in Istanbul to a Greek father from Kayseri, Turkey and a Greek mother from Istanbul, where her family were cotton merchants who imported cotton from Manchester, England, and sold it wholesale in Istanbul to various merchants, both Greek and Turkish, who took the goods out to the provinces. His family emigrated to the United States in 1913 and settled in New York City, where his father, George Kazanjoglu, became a rug merchant. Kazan’s father expected that his son would go into the family business, but his mother, Athena (née Sismanoglou), encouraged Kazan to make his own decisions. His family name ‘Kazanjoglou’ (an alternate spelling is Kazantzoglou) is Turkish, meaning “The son of a cauldron maker”, where the root word ‘kazan’ means cauldron or boiler. It was and still is common to find people of Greek, Jewish, Assyrian, Armenian, and Kurdish lineage with Turkish family names or where the root words in the names are uniquely Turkish.
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Natalie Wood is such maniac dream in this! The way she looks to the edge and jumps off in her performance could make Joan Crawford blush! Here we have a psychosexual melodrama that delivers a desperately sad love story that predates Degrassi making tawdry teen drama an actual thing. Love affects in many blind ways. Especially when social status and mental health (synonymous to together) are in the way.