Splendor in the Grass is one of my favorite movies. I love several of Kazan's films and when I watch them, the last thing I am thinking about is the Hollywood ?witch hunt? Blacklist.
I do remember when Kazan won an Honorary Academy Award in the 90's. The audience was divided. Many celebrated his work, which they believed deserved recognition, and many refused to stand or clap.
In the early-mid 90's I took a few different variations of Movies as Literature classes. I adored watching films, writing papers, and often covering controversy in a director or actors life. Several of the movies selected were by some of the most controversial or questionable. I never refused to watch. I always enjoyed a chance to share my feelings on the matters.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??