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Elia Kazan: The Actor’s Director

America, America (aka The Anatolian Smile)

Inspired by his own family history, Kazan’s marvellous epic follows an Anatolian peasant’s harsh odyssey in the New World.

Image from America, America (aka The Anatolian Smile)

USA 1963
Dir Elia Kazan
With Stathis Giallelis, Frank Wolff, Linda Marsh, Lou Antonio
Certificate PG

Inspired by stories told by Kazan’s family (particularly regarding his uncle), this chronicles the harsh odyssey undertaken in the late 1890s by a young Greek who leaves his family home in an Anatolian village for Constantinople, whence he hopes to sail to America... At times reminiscent of neorealism, at others of Orson Welles, this deeply heartfelt recreation of turn-of-the-century migration feels strangely modern.

35mm collection print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Preservation funding provided by Warner Bros. in association with The Film Foundation and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.


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