America America 

Docudrama | English | 174 minutes

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In the late 1890s, Stavros and his Greek family live a precarious and brutal life in the Turkish Ottoman territory. The dream of Stavros, the young son, is to escape Turkey and head for the U.S. He is given money saved by his family to help finance his voyage. The plan is for Stavros to earn enough money and bring the rest of his family to the U.S.  Elia Kazan drew on the experiences of his Greek uncle, who was the first in the family to make such a journey. Stavros encounters many life-threatening hurdles before the ship he’s on lands in New York. As soon as Stavros debarks, he kneels down and kisses the pavement.  Elia Kazan’s closing narration: “And he did bring them. It took a number of years, but one by one, he brought them here. Except for his father. That old man died where he was born.”

Cast
Stathis Giallelis (Stavros Topouzoglou)
Why Stream This Film?
The New York Times film critic, Bosley Crowther, wrote, AMERICA AMERICA is a minor odyssey that has the major connotations of a rich lyric-epic poem.”  
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 67%
  • Metacritic Score: 72
Accolades
  • Academy Awards: Winner, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Gene Callahan); Nominated, Best Picture, Best Director (Elia Kazan); Best Screenplay (Elia Kazan)
  • Golden Globe Awards: Winner, Best Director (Elia Kazan)
  • America America was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
The dream of passage to America is movingly captured by writer-director Kazan. Heartfelt and heart-rending.
Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin's MOVIE GUIDE

Elia Kazan’s Greek uncle is paid a splendid tribute by his nephew in the new film, AMERICA AMERICA. In it  Mr. Kazan packs all the longing, frustration and ultimate joy of the tireless wanderer who seeks and finally finds his spiritual home.
Bosley Crowther

The New York Times

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