4th Taratsa International Film Festival

23 August 2017

Messages to Hollywood from a famous American director

Stanley Kramer became known in the 50s and 60s as one of the few producers and directors willing to deal with issues that most of the studios avoided. Issues like racism, the Holocaust, and nuclear disaster gave him the name “Hollywood’s conscience.” During his career Kramer created some of the most respected and also successful works in the American cinema chronicles. He was nominated for an Oscar six times as a producer and three as a director.

He claims that he was inspired for the “On The Beach” by a letter he received from his then nine-year old son in which he was asking: “In case of a nuclear war, do you wish your son to remain in school or will you take him with you?” The anti-nuclear scientist Linus Pauling notes: “In a few years we will remember “On The Beach” as the movie that saved the world.” The movie is based on the Nevil Shutte’s novel of the same name, depicting the aftermath of a nuclear war. Unlike the novel, the movie does not attribute responsibility on whoever started the war, but rather hints that the threat of destruction may have arisen from an accident or misjudgment.

The “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967), starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in the role of parents who have to handle the decision of their daughter (Katharine Houghton) to bring home an African – American as her fiancé (Sidney Poitier). This is an anti-racism manifesto of director Stanley Kramer, revolutionary for its time, as it was screened during a period in which interracial marriage was considered illegal and was frowned upon in many societies of the American south.

Screening Program:
On The Beach: Thursday 24.08.2017 |Café Theatro, V. Georgiou 2a, Thessaloniki |21:30
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: Sunday 27.08.2017 | Urania bar, Paikou 4, Θεσσαλονίκη | 21:30
With the support of the U.S. Embassy in Greece. Entrance is free.

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