From: Michel Ciment, Kazan on Kazan, The Viking Press: New York (1974), page 152:
[Interviewer:] How did you cast the film? [Elia Kazan's film "America America"]
[Elia Kazan:] Well, in the first place, they're all unknown, you've never seen them before, which is a great help, because they're not 'actors'. In the second place, I chose people who were Jews or Greeks. Rozakis and Antonio are Greeks, Linda Marsh, Paul Mann and Harry Davis are Jews. All of them know oppression, they all have uncles from the 'Old World' and have an affectionate relationship towards their forbears.
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