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(aka "The Anatolian Smile" )


directed by Elia Kazan
USA 1963


Filmmaker Elia Kazan based America, America on the early life of his Greek-immigrant uncle. Stavros Topouzoglow is the... young immigrant, whose starry-eyed impressions of America are soon compromised by reality. Despite the casual cruelties, betrayals, and career setbacks, Stavros forms strong and lasting friendships which help him weather the worst. An Oscar went to the painstakingly accurate art direction of Gene Callahan. Despite moments that are not suitable for children, America, America won a rare bell-ringer rating from the high-school oriented Scholastic magazines back in 1963; in the years since, it has become a stalwart of the American Movie Classics cable service.

Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


Theatrical Release: 15 December 1963 (New York)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 2:47:50

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.23 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles English, French, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by Foster Hirsch

DVD Release Date: February 8th, 2011
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One of the greatest movies about immigrant experience of coming to America is Elia Kazan's epic journey America, America based on the stories of his uncle coming from Turkey to the United States in the early 1900's. The title has been available previously in France and in 2010 it was released as part of Fox's mega-set Elia Kazan Collection, but this film marks its debut on stand-alone region 1 disc. The dual-layered disc features a progressive black-and-white transfer with very good contrast and no damages on the print. There are a few problematic shots, but those were mostly from the stock footage.

The decent mono soundtrack is in English only and the disc features English and French subtitles. The lone extra is an informative commentary by Foster Hirsch. This is a highly recommended release of an underrated film that needs to be rediscovered by a wider audience.

  - Gregory Meshman


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