America America (1963) HD online
|Stathis Giallelis||-||Stavros Topouzoglou|
|Frank Wolff||-||Vartan Damadian|
|Harry Davis||-||Isaac Topouzoglou|
|Elena Karam||-||Vasso Topouzoglou|
|Estelle Hemsley||-||Grandmother Topouzoglou|
|Gregory Rozakis||-||Hohannes Gardashian|
|Salem Ludwig||-||Odysseus Topouzoglou|
|Paul Mann||-||Aleko Sinnikoglou|
|Linda Marsh||-||Thomna Sinnikoglou|
|Robert H. Harris||-||Aratoon Kebabian|
|Katharine Balfour||-||Sophia Kebabian|
Of all the films he had directed, this one was Elia Kazan's favorite film, as it was very personal to him.
Kazan began shooting in Istanbul, but was concerned that Turkish officials would object to some of the material content and moved his base of production to Greece.
Estelle Helmsley, who plays the Greek grandmother, was actually an African-American actress.
Gene Callahan was Kazan's 'set decorator' on films that Dick Sylbert, and his twin brother Paul, as an associate, had art directed for Kazan. The Sylbert twins had worked with Gene on CBS-New York Network and Local television productions as an art department team. Kazan asked Gene to travel with him to Greece, and to be his film's Production Designer. Noteworthy is that this is Gene's first 'art director' credit. During the film's location filming, Gene also decorated, as he supervised the sets preparation for filming (construction and set decorating) crews. During the film career of Kazan and Callahan, they performed as a team on many succeeding film projects.
Kazan speaks the credits at the end but omits voicing his own name.
As a result of Ray Stark, the initial producer, withdrawing from the film. Elia Kazan brought himself to produce it by himself.
In June, 1964, after winning his first AMPAS production design-art direction Oscar, the New York IATSE #829 Scenic Designers and Artists' Board of Directors and guild "invited" Gene Callahan to join their membership, stipulating, he must present his port-folio of drawings, drafting, sketches and set designs. Gene had Elia Kazan's New York office deliver the six reels of the "America, America" feature film to the union office.
French visa # 28956.
MPAA # 20621.
The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be also nominated for Best Art Direction (Black and white).