A Letter to Elia (2010)
For Martin Scorsese, growing up in Little Italy, seeing On the Waterfront and East of Eden as a young man was a life-changing experience. Scorsese appears on and off camera throughout A Letter to Elia, taking us through Kazan's life and through his own as well, and through his growing realization that there was an artist behind the camera, someone "who knew me, maybe better than I knew myself." The film is about being exposed to the right movies at the right moment in your adolescent life, when you're wide open and ready to connect, to be spurred on by the work up there on the screen, and then, maybe, to chart a course toward making your own movies. Composed of clips, stills, readings from Kazan's autobiography and his speech on directing (read by Elias Koteas), a videotaped interview done late in Kazan's life, and Scorsese's commentary on and offscreen, A Letter to Elia takes a close look at the life of art and its creation - the work, the distractions, the inspirations, the complications, the intersections between art and experience. A Letter to Elia, written and directed by Scorsese and his longtime collaborator Kent Jones, is a deeply personal film, a frank portrait and self-portrait, and an equally frank acknowledgement of the closeness and the distance between artists and their art. -- (C) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for A Letter to Elia
... a first-person reflection on the films and the creator, a mix of history, biography and aesthetic appreciation...
Scorsese offers a stirring analysis of Kazan's artistry while also describing in heartfelt terms how these stories affected him as a nascent movie lover.
Audience Reviews for A Letter to Elia
A letter/Love letter is exactly what this is. Elias Koteas is a fascinating character in the history of cinema and was/is obviously a huge influence to Scorsese. It certainly makes me want to look in to his work myself, the clips of his own work and interviews has intrigued me. Sometimes it's nice to see other enthusiasms, no matter what the subject matter, for that reason I would recommended this documentary to all.More
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