America, America

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America, America is a 1963 Elia Kazan film about a young Greek -Stavros - who leaves his small town in Anatolia, in 1900, for Istanbul but is constantly dreaming of a better life in America.

It was directed and written by Kazan, from his own book about his uncle and stars Stathis Giallelis, Frank Wolff, Elena Karam and Lou Antonio.

The film was nominated for Oscars for:

  • Best Director - Elia Kazan
  • Best Picture - Elia Kazan
  • Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen - Elia Kazan

and won the Academy Award for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White.

In 2001 the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.