Cinema: Kazan Talks

Hollywood and Broadway have long suspected that brilliant Stage & Screen Director Elia Kazan (Death of a Salesman, A Streetcar Named Desire) had once been a Communist, along with some other members of New York's now defunct pink-arty Group Theater. The professional martyr-makers were, as always, ready to cry persecution. But last January, in a secret session of the House Un-American Activities Committee, Kazan admitted that he had in fact been a party member for 18 months from 1934 to 1936. In that confession—no word of which reached the public—Kazan stubbornly refused to name any fellow party members. Last week...

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