Die Unbezwingbaren (1963)

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Die Unbezwingbaren: Directed by Elia Kazan. With Stathis Giallelis, Frank Wolff, Harry Davis, Elena Karam. A young Greek stops at nothing to secure a passage to America.

“u0026quot;America, Americau0026quot; is a movie made with the soul. It is a hair-raising movie about the immigrant experience, made by artists temporarily outside the Hollywood cage. It is about the struggle to be human in a world that bites at you, and it is about naked desire. u0026quot;America, Americau0026quot; is a film about a young man with ichor in his arteries, made by people with ichor in their arteries.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eStavros is a young Greek from Anatolia, a youth with burning eyes, full of ethos as well. He yearns to live a life away from degradation (Greeks in Anatolia were a despised minority). This movie shows his peregrination to America, in three of the shortest hours Iu0026#39;ve ever lived. It shows a cycle of being broken and rebuilt over and again, the death of illusions, the obduracy of hope, and the rack of desire.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eHaskell Wexler deserves special mention as he quite frequently produced jaw-dropping shots in this movie. There is a scene in this movie where Stavros is sat next to an older woman, Sophia (sat together like panthers watching an ape play with jackals), and the electricity between them, established entirely visually, is a devastation.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe editing from Dede Allen, is similarly special, and you can see that Kazan acknowledged all this creative talent as he reads out all the names of the major creative staff at the end over the credits. One particularly beautiful effect was a dissolve the last time we see Stavrosu0026#39; mother, where her face persist on the screen for a moment, almost as if she has become a ghost.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eYou absolutely must see this movie.”


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