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Free Virtual Seminar: Elia Kazan and the Diasporic identity of a Greek American film maker
Speaker: Prof Vrasidas Karalis

The lecture explores the artistic and intellectual development of Elia Kazan from his early theatrical productions, his films to his final autobiographical books. It focuses especially on Kazan’s most ambitious work America, America (1964) and its fragmented structure and nostalgic re-construction of origins as an Anatolian Greek persecuted by the Ottomans to abandon his country and found refuge in the ‘mythical’ land of America. Exploring his other famous movies especially On the Waterfront (1952) the lecture addresses the question of the identity of the outsiders and the compromises that they must make in order to be accepted by their adopted countries. Within this context the lecture discusses the notorious testimony of Kazan at the Anti-American Activities Committee and the controversy that followed him throughout his life.

Vrasidas KARALIS teaches Modern Greek Studies at the University of Sydney where he holds the Sir Nicholas Laurantos Chair in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies. He has published extensively on Byzantine historiography, Greek political life, Greek Cinema, European cinema, the work of Patrick White and contemporary political philosophy. He has edited volumes on modern European political philosophy, especially on Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt and Cornelius Castoriadis. His books include Recollections of Mr. Manoly Lascaris (2007), The Demons of Athens (2014), A History of Greek Cinema (2012), Realism and Post-War Greek Cinema (2017). He is currently working on the films of Elia Kazan and John Cassavetes.

During the course of the year considerable expenses are incurred in staging the seminars.

In order to mitigate these costs individuals or organisations are invited to donate against a lecture of their choice. Please email: info@greekcommunity.com.au

We thank the following corporate sponsors:
Delphi Bank, Delphi Business Group, Symposiarch, Pammessinian Brotherhood Papaflessas

Sep 17, 2020 07:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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