Film stars Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster relax on May 19, 1948, in an automobile interior on the set of “Sorry, Wrong Number” in Hollywood.(Associated Press)
Debbie Reynolds, dressed for her role in “The Singing Nun” on Nov. 15, 1965.(Associated Press)
Director Ron Howard takes a seat behind the camera during the production of his comedy “Gung Ho” while on location at the Allegheny County Airport near Duquesne, Pa., in August 1985. At right is his father, actor Rance Howard, who has a cameo.(Keith B. Srakocic/Associated Press)
Debbie Reynolds enjoys clowning around and winking for the cameraman during the production of the comedy “The Pleasure of His Company,” which also stars Fred Astaire as her father, on May 10, 1961.(Associated Press)
The seventh Los Angeles Greek Film Festival pays homage to the late Oscar-winning Greek American director Elia Kazan (“On the Waterfront”) with a 50th anniversary screening Friday evening at the Writers Guild Theatre of his epic “America, America,” which is loosely based on his uncle’s journey from Anatolia to America in 1893.
The film won the Oscar for its black-and-white art direction and was nominated for best film, directing and writing.
“We are very excited to be able to screen this epic masterpiece on the 50th anniversary since its first release for a generation that has not had the pleasure of experiencing it in the cinema,” said Ersi Danou, LAGFF’s creative director and co-founder.
The rest of the festival, which opens Thursday and continues through Sunday, shines a spotlight on new films from Greek directors. The opening-night presentation is the U.S. premiere of Spiros Stathoulopoulos’ 2012 romantic drama “Meteora.”
Besides features, the festival includes documentaries, shorts, an industry panel on “The Arts of Hollywood Production” and an awards ceremony. The closing night feature is the U.S. premiere of Kimon Tsakiris’ 2013 documentary, “Mitsigan -- Hardships & Beauties,” which revolves around Mitsos Tsiganos, a modern-day Greek cowboy and owner of a vegetable farm.