Despite its nearly four-hour running time, this is a uniquely personal look at movies from one of the late 20th century's great directors and film historians. The film consists of head & ... See full summary »
Michael Henry Wilson
Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.
In the Salinas Valley, in and around World War I, Cal Trask feels he must compete against overwhelming odds with his brother Aron for the love of their father Adam. Cal is frustrated at ... See full summary »
Richard Schickel, a film critic, embarks in this voyage of discovery in this documentary that was presented recently on cable. Having read Elia Kazan's voluminous autobiography, we thought we knew it all, but the director includes a lot of information about the director, making the viewer to know the man better. The narration by Eli Wallach is first rate. Mr. Wallach knew the man well, having worked with him in several projects.
Mr. Kazan is infamous for his pointing fingers at friends and people that suffered a lot because of the machinations of Sen. McCarthy during the "witch hunt" of the fifties. Mr. Kazan's life changed right after that time, but he didn't stop working.
Mr. Kazan was a man that was at home both, in the theater and in the movies. He dominated the American stage like no other director, or had his track record challenged by any other man in the succeeding years. His legacy speaks volumes about what he was able to accomplish and we are witness by looking at the film work he left.
Thanks to Mr. Schickel for his take on the man.
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