VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

AMERICA AMERICA

V' 15

AMERICA AMERICA

Elia Kazan
USA, 1963
Fiction, 168min, OF

Bild: Sammlung Österreichisches Filmmuseum

AMERICA AMERICA

Elia Kazan
USA, 1963
Fiction, 168min, OF

Actors: 
Stathis Giallelis
Stavros Topouzoglou
Frank Wolff
Vartan Damadian
Harry Davis
Isaac Topouzoglou
Elena Karam
Vasso Topouzoglou
Estelle hemsley
Großmutter Topouzoglou
Screenplay: 
Elia Kazan
Sound: 
Leroy Robbins
Camera: 
Haskell Wexler
Editor: 
Dede Allen
Composer: 
Manos Hadjidakis
Decoration: 
Gene Callahan
Costume: 
Anna Hill Johnstone

Production: 
Athena Enterprises, Warner Bros
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

AMERICA AMERICA was the first of a series of popular and generally acclaimed novels that Kazan wrote later in his life, as filmmaking and fundraising became more demanding. It is based on the actual experiences of his uncle and his adventuresome trip to America, which eventually brought Elia and the rest of his family from Anatolia to New York. There are many parallels between AMERICA AMERICA, photographed by Haskell Wexler, and THE GRAPES OF WRATH, John Ford’s adaptation of Steinbeck’s novel. The films share starkly spectacular black-and-white photography, a picaresque structure, an emphasis on family as the fundamental human value, and a quasi-religious belief in the enduring myth of America. Ultimately, in the character of Stavros, Kazan also acknowledges his roots in the exotic primitiveness of classical Greek culture, the eternal mystery of which we can never fully understand. (Charles Silver)

From the collection of Österreichisches Filmmuseum