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Elia Kazan Quotes

A film director has to get a shot, no matter what he does. We're desperate people.

A good director's not sure when he gets on the set what he's going to do.

Acting... was the biggest charge I ever had. What other artist has it so good? Approval so quick?

Anybody who informs on other people is doing something disturbing and even disgusting.

Every fighter has one fight that makes or breaks him.

Every picture that is successful has one little miracle in it.

For years after I resigned, I was still faithful to their way of thinking. But not in the American Communists.

Hey, you must be doin' good, 'cause I never hear from you.

I didn't have that much confidence. Maybe it looks that way. I'm glad it does.

I don't remember anything anybody said in any Jack Ford picture. Nothing happens except action.

I gave my life to the Group Theatre, because in it I'm building something for myself. What I build, I am.

I hate the Communists and have for many years and don't feel right about giving up my career to defend them. I will give up my film career if it is in the interests of defending something I believe in, but not this.

I have no spy stories to tell, because I saw no spies. Nor did I understand, at that time, any opposition between American and Russian national interest.

I joined the Communist Party late in 1934. I got out a year and a half later.

I knew the exuberance of playing before an admiring audience and hearing my secret voice.

I like directors who come on the set and create something that's a little dangerous, difficult or unusual.

I may be getting old, but not foolish.

I owe Bankhead a gift; she made a director out of me.

I question the value of stars. I think they're overrated. They get too much money, too much praise.

I said to Tennessee, this thing is becoming the Marlon Brando show.