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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:
Sensational and touching movie with an excellent direction by Elia Kazan 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)
Dimitris Nikolaidis ... (uncredited)
Dimos Starenios ... (uncredited)
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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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Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia:
Of all the films he had directed, this one was Elia Kazan's favorite film, as it was very personal to him.See more »
Quotes:
Garabet:[Philosophically] There's too much dirt for a broom.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Amérique, notre histoire (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
FinaleSee more »

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13 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Sensational and touching movie with an excellent direction by Elia Kazan, 28 October 2005
Author: ma-cortes

The picture talks about a Greek young from Anatoly ( Turkey ) named Stavros ( Stathis Giallelis ). He is sent by his father to Constantinopla for helping their family . Howewer Stavros only thinks on America . Across the journey he will suffer several misfortunes , risks and odds in his relationships to friends (Frank Wolff, John Marley, Lou Antonio) and enemies . Later on , Stavros will work in laborious employments to obtain a passage in a splendid ship for the promised land.

The movie is a magnificent adaptation based on the autobiographic novel of Greek-Turkish director Elia Kazan who being a child emigrated along with his family to United States . Since the initiating he describes memories , emotions and infancy images , besides narrates the persecution to Greeks and Armenians by Turkish that finished in genocide . Kazan reflects the particular characters , rural sets in realism way , folkloric customs , glimmer landscapes as well as interior homes . Kazan achieved a real emotion and sensibility by means of slow-moving scenes and close-ups of protagonists full of dialogs dealing with essential feeling as familiar love , friendship or happiness . These images contrast with the breathtaking outdoors of the mountains and countrysides where are developed the events . Magnificent cinematography in black and white by Haskel Wexler . Awesome and evocative musical score in oriental style by Manos Hadjidakis ( Topkapi ). The motion picture is very well directed by Elia Kazan ( On the waterfront ) . The release won Academy Award , an Oscar for production design and attained three nominations referred to Director and original screenplay , plus obtained a Golden Globe for Director and the biggest prize in Festival of San Sebastian . Rating : Above average and astounding movie. Well worth watching .

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