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Trailers from Hell: Dan Ireland on Kazan's 'Splendor in the Grass' with Natalie Wood & Warren Beatty

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood November 7, 2012 at 12:25PM

Elia Kazan Week! continues at Trailers from Hell, today with director Dan Ireland introducing Kazan's beloved teen romance "Splendor in the Grass," starring Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood as star-crossed lovers in 1920s Kansas.
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Splendor in the Grass

Elia Kazan Week! continues at Trailers from Hell, today with director Dan Ireland introducing Kazan's beloved teen romance "Splendor in the Grass," starring Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood as star-crossed lovers in 1920s Kansas.

Actor Andrew Duggan was Warner Bros.' go-to guy for folksy 60s voiceovers, and he supplies a warm tone to this trailer for Elia Kazan's popular teen drama. Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood's Romeo and Juliet suffer nobly from living on different sides of the train tracks in William Inge's bittersweet reminiscence of his formative years growing up in 1920s Kansas. It won him an Oscar for best Screenplay. Screen debuts of Sandy Dennis, Gary Lockwood and Phyllis Diller. Remade for television in 1981.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.