Elia Kazan

Topics: On the Waterfront, Elia Kazan Pages: 2 (584 words) Published: December 20, 2012
During 1930s Elia Kazan, who was a member of the communist’s cell was called before the House of Un- American Activities Committee to provide evidence and to testify against his former communist friends and colleagues. At first Kazan refuse to name names, but on his second interview under oath he changed his decision and decided to testify against his communist friends and colleagues. After testifying Kazan was eager to justify his decision to why he chose to testify and to express that is was for the benefit of the nation security. Elia Kazan saw his opportunity to justify his decision by direct the movie On the Waterfront, which was about the struggles a charterer name Terry had to face when he was put into a situation that he had to choose whether he should or should not testify against the Union Mobs.

Kazan emotional struggles and condemnation which he faced after testifying made his decision to direct the movie no surprise. Kazan uses this opportunity to justify and petition a way to get sympathetic understanding for his own decision to testify. Because of his own experience Kazan viewed the struggles portrayed in the Waterfront as a statement of his own individuality and integrity. The waterfront provided an insight to its viewer’s to understand the difficulties and struggles one face when taking a stand for something they believe is right.

The Waterfront portrays the reason behind the decision. It express, how fear influence individual’s will to stand up for what they belief in. It shows that people believed that by standing up and talking about the situations cause by corruption will only bring trouble. However, it also express that by keeping silent about the occupation occurring can brings even more trouble. In the movie Terry decision to testify against the Friendly's attempts to show that in some situations it is fundamentally right to break the oats of silence, especially when one is placed in an extremely tough situation, and even if it means...
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