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Elia Kazan (written by)
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Release Date:
17 June 1964 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
A trail to the light! See more »
Plot:
A young Anatolian Greek, entrusted with his family's fortune, loses it en route to Istanbul and dreams of going to America, Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 5 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A jewel See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Stathis Giallelis ... Stavros Topouzoglou
Frank Wolff ... Vartan Damadian
Harry Davis ... Isaac Topouzoglou
Elena Karam ... Vasso Topouzoglou
Estelle Hemsley ... Grandmother Topouzoglou
Gregory Rozakis ... Hohannes Gardashian
Lou Antonio ... Abdul
Salem Ludwig ... Odysseus Topouzoglou

John Marley ... Garabet

Joanna Frank ... Vartuhi
Paul Mann ... Aleko Sinnikoglou
Linda Marsh ... Thomna Sinnikoglou
Robert H. Harris ... Aratoon Kebabian
Katharine Balfour ... Sophia Kebabian
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giorgos Foundas ... (uncredited)
Tom Holland ... Voice Overs (voice) (uncredited)
Dimitris Nikolaidis ... (uncredited)
Dimos Starenios ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Elia Kazan 
 
Writing credits
Elia Kazan (written by)

Produced by
Charles H. Maguire .... associate producer
Elia Kazan .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Manos Hatzidakis  (as Manos Hadjidakis)
 
Cinematography by
Haskell Wexler (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dede Allen 
 
Production Design by
Gene Callahan 
 
Art Direction by
Vassilis Photopoulos (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
 
Makeup Department
Eligio Trani .... makeup artist (as Emilio Trani)
 
Sound Department
Jean Bagley .... sound editor
Edward Beyer .... head sound editor
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor (as John Fitzstephens)
Le Roy Robbins .... sound mixer (as Leroy Robbins)
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recording mixer (as Richard Vorisek)
Stanley Bixtel .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cesare Donodi .... chief grip
Ralph Gerling .... assistant camera
Massimo Massimi .... chief electrician
Harlow Stengel .... camera operator (as Harlowe Stengel)
Frank J. Calabria .... additional photographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Peter Grivas .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Stanley Buetens .... music editor
Nikos Gatsos .... lyrics
 
Other crew
Burtt Harris .... production assistant
Marie Kenney .... script continuity
Theodore Kritas .... liason: Greece, Athena Enterprises Corporation
 

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174 min
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1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Gene Callahan was Kazan's 'set decorator' on films that Dick Sylbert, and his twin brother Paul, as an associate, had art directed for Kazan. The Sylbert twins had worked with Gene on CBS-New York Network and Local television productions as an art department team. Kazan asked Gene to travel with him to Greece, and to be his film's Production Designer. Noteworthy is that this is Gene's first 'art director' credit. During the film's location filming, Gene also decorated, as he supervised the sets preparation for filming (construction and set decorating) crews. During the film career of Kazan and Callahan, they performed as a team on many succeeding film projects.See more »
Quotes:
Vasso Topouzoglou:[to Stavros] The Turks... they spit in our faces, and they say it's raining.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Amérique, notre histoire (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A jewel, 23 October 2011
Author: oOgiandujaOo from United Kingdom

"America, America" is a movie made with the soul. It is a hair-raising movie about the immigrant experience, made by artists temporarily outside the Hollywood cage. It is about the struggle to be human in a world that bites at you, and it is about naked desire. "America, America" is a film about a young man with ichor in his arteries, made by people with ichor in their arteries.

Stavros is a young Greek from Anatolia, a youth with burning eyes, full of ethos as well. He yearns to live a life away from degradation (Greeks in Anatolia were a despised minority). This movie shows his peregrination to America, in three of the shortest hours I've ever lived. It shows a cycle of being broken and rebuilt over and again, the death of illusions, the obduracy of hope, and the rack of desire.

Haskell Wexler deserves special mention as he quite frequently produced jaw-dropping shots in this movie. There is a scene in this movie where Stavros is sat next to an older woman, Sophia (sat together like panthers watching an ape play with jackals), and the electricity between them, established entirely visually, is a devastation.

The editing from Dede Allen, is similarly special, and you can see that Kazan acknowledged all this creative talent as he reads out all the names of the major creative staff at the end over the credits. One particularly beautiful effect was a dissolve the last time we see Stavros' mother, where her face persist on the screen for a moment, almost as if she has become a ghost.

You absolutely must see this movie.

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