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"My best film composing experience was with Elia Kazan." - Alex North

"Warren [Beatty] loves to talk about his experiences with [Elia] Kazan." - Alden Ehrenreich

"Kazan is a performer's director, the best director I ever worked with... Most actors don't get any help from directors. Emotional help, if you're playing an emotional part. Kazan is the only one I know who really gives you help." - Marlon Brando

"Elia Kazan - the films he made were such a big deal for me when I was growing up." - Alden Ehrenreich

"All in all, I think Kazan is Russia's sportiest city after Moscow, leaving all the others far behind." - Marat Safin

"I forgive 'Face in the Crowd' its uneven tone because it's precisely what makes it feel unlike other Kazan movies." - Peyton Reed

"Recovery proceeding excellently. Am sure that the crushing of the Kazan Czechs and whiteguards, as well as of the kulak extortioners supporting them, will be exemplarily ruthless." - Vladimir Lenin

"On the day Kazan showed me the completed picture I was so depressed by my performance that I got up and left the screening room." - Marlon Brando

"Elia Kazan understood my problems. He was able to bring out the very best in me. He gave me credit for my intelligence." - Ethel Waters

"Elia Kazan. He wrote my favorite book about filmmaking, 'Elia Kazan: On Directing.' There is a thing in the book that I do every time, it's part of my production structure. He said when you're hiring an actor, ask them what draws them to the project, and don't lead them to the answer." - Mike Birbiglia

"[Warren's Beatty] first film being with this very important director [Elia Kazan], I think we related on that in a big way. And I just was genuinely curious about his experiences in film, and about the people he knew." - Alden Ehrenreich

"But what about the sufferings of the innocent? Worst of all is the hell that exists in the special psychiatric clinics in Dnieperopetrovsk, Sytshevk, Blagoveshensk, Kazan, Chernakovsk, Oriol, Leningrad, Tashkent,...." - Andrei Sakharov

"Kazan was an old friend, I met him in 1938. He picked up radio jobs for eating money, so I met him on a couple of radio shows. Later on I was in a play he directed." - Richard Widmark

"Oh, Zoe Kazan - I'd move back to Brooklyn for her. She makes me happy with my life. Knowing her, being at her dinner table, going on a walk with her is the best of all possible worlds." - Michelle Williams

"I have a bit of an obsession with the 1950's and all those actors from Montgomery Clift to James Dean and Anthony Perkins. Just that whole era of Tennessee Williams to Elia Kazan." - Sebastian Stan

"I got into a brawl one night in a saloon in Greenwich Village. Elia Kazan, a great director, saw me put out a couple of hecklers and figures there was some Big Daddy in me, just lyin' dormant. And out it came. People still do call me Big Daddy, but to me, inside, I'm no Big Daddy at all." - Burl Ives

"I grew up with my grandfather [Elia Kazan] being famous in a way that's not like Beyonce, but famous in a relative way. It made me feel weird about the way that we treat people that are famous, and it made me feel weird about fame in general." - Zoe Kazan

"For example, how you would introduce a leading character into your film, and as an absolute ingenious example, [Elia] Kazan in his film Viva Zapata!, how he introduces his leading character Marlon Brando into the film. No film ever did it as wonderful as he did it." - Werner Herzog

"We are expanding and improving the infrastructure of our relations. You must have heard about China's plans to participate in building a high-speed railway line between Moscow and Kazan in the Volga region, in central Russia. And then we plan to extend it to Kazakhstan and on to China." - Vladimir Putin

"I met my wife and, for the next ten years, we did no films at all. She did the first movie and then I did several after. My first movie was written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Kazan and was called Baby Doll." - Eli Wallach

"My heroes are guys like Frank Capra and Elia Kazan and Coen brothers and Terry Gilliam, more so than a lot of bass players at this point in my life. So I've always been an old-film nut and have very much enjoyed doing videos over the years." - Les Claypool

"The movie I've watched a million times is 'A Face in the Crowd,' directed by Elia Kazan, starring Andy Griffith and Patricia Neal. I first saw this movie, I guess I was in my early 20s. I'd never heard of it, and somebody told me about it, and I watched it and was just completely jaw-droppingly shocked at how current it was." - Callie Khouri



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