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Screen Gems — The Big Uneasy: "Panic in the Streets"

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Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014 5:00 am | Updated: 9:04 pm, Thu Apr 3, 2014.

Panic in the Streets, Cold War thriller, not rated, Center for Contemporary Arts, 3 chiles

Looking back at his 1950 film Panic in the Streets, director Elia Kazan said, “I’m thankful Panic in the Streets was very superficial, conventional, and corny.” He added, “I always thought Panic was sort of a bizarre comedy.” The words are from the book Kazan on Kazan, in which the director discusses his career with Jeff Young. It may seem a strange way to describe a melodrama about a resolute hero trying to stop the spread of pneumonic plague in New Orleans, but as Kazan said, “You can’t take the plot too seriously. You know the plague isn’t really going to spread. It’s a springboard for a sort of caper.”

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