A young field administrator (Montgomery Clift) for the TVA comes to rural Tennessee to oversee the building of a dam on the Tennessee River. He encounters opposition from the local people, in particular a farmer who objects to his employment (with pay) of local black laborers. Much of the plot revolves around the eviction of an elderly woman from her home on an island in the River, and the young man’s love affair with that woman’s widowed granddaughter. —IMDb
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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Kazan's beautifully photographed historical drama is set in 1930's Tennessee and features solid lead performances from Montgomery Clift and Lee Remick. However, the best acting comes from the great theatre and character actress Jo Van Fleet as the feisty old woman who refuses to abandon her home and land which needs to be evacuated as it is about to be flooded. Look out for an uncredited Bruce Dern in his film debut.
Inexplicably dismissed by critics & audiences in 1960, this is one of Kazan's best. The acting by Clift, Remick and especially van Fleet is stupendous
Remick's amazing blue eyes vs Clift's even more insane-looking darker & sadder ones. And the film is that, too. Those two could surely act. The story is so sad. So moving. So tragic. Don't think that there is a character in this film that is not totally damaged (as Blonde Redhead's Kazu so beautifully sings about in "For the Damaged"). We're all crying inside. One can really die when forced to move out of HOME too ;(
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The Elia Kazan Collection, featuring 15 films and Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones's A Letter to Elia, is clearly the release of the week
A good movie which went deeper into the subject matters than I expected. The DVD cover read like a cheap romance pulp novel and I was surprised when the movie addressed issues of racism and old age… read review