From 18.06. To 26.06.2009.
American postwar film - Elia Kazan
Based on a true story, this film follows the events following the murder of a priest in Connecticut. People are appalled by the crime and demand the police find the murderer, but soon political implications are revealed due to mayoral elections. In such circumstances and thanks to some witnesses the police manages to capture the former soldier and vagabond John Waldron who at first denies his guilt and then, under police pressure, breaks and confesses.
On the docks of the New Orleans harbor a group of small time crooks kill an illegal immigrant in a fight over a card game. When his body arrives to the morgue, the pathologist suspects it to be infected with lung disease and asks help from Dr. Clinton Reed from the Public Health department. The diagnosis is confirmed and the doctors immediately start the search for others who might be infected in order to prevent an epidemic.
Johnny Friendly, chief of the harbor union, connected to the mafia, orders the murder of one of his workers in order to prevent him from testifying about Johnny’s shady business. Terry Malloy, whose brother is Johnny’s lawyer, witnesses the murder but decides to disregard it until he meets the sister of the murdered worker and a priest who persuade him to do the right thing.
This is Kazan’s last film and a story about cinema in the 1930s with an impressive list of actors including Robert De Niro as the chief of a film studio, Monroe Stahr; Tony Curtis and Robert Mitchum, who represent the business side of the film world without any affinity for art; Jack Nicholson as a screenwriter, and many others.
This film is based on Kazan’s book inspired by the travels of his uncle, who immigrated to New York from Turkey. Growing up in a small village at the end of the 19th century as a member of a Greek minority constantly terrorized by the Turkish majority, the young man is aware that he has little chance in life. Therefore his father gives him the family’s treasure and sends him to Constantinople. But the boy’s true wish is to go even farther away: America.