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From a February 1952 letter sent by the film and theater director Elia Kazan to Darryl F. Zanuck, head of production at Twentieth Century-Fox. Zanuck rejected the proposal, calling it “original and amusing” but “a ‘one joke’ idea.” That year, the studio released Kazan’s Viva Zapata!, written by John Steinbeck. The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan, edited by Albert J. Devlin with Marlene J. Devlin, was published last month by Knopf.

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