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Kazan British & World English

A port situated on the River Volga to the east of Nizhni Novgorod in Russia, capital of the autonomous republic of Tatarstan; population 1,120,200 (est. 2008)

Kazan, Elia British & World English

(1909–2003), Turkish-born American film and theatre director; born Elia Kazanjoglous. In 1947 he co-founded the Actors' Studio in New York City, one of the leading centres of method acting. Kazan directed A Streetcar Named Desire on stage (1947) and then on film (1951). Other notable films: On the Waterfront (1954) and East of Eden (1955)