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A Letter to Elia

A Letter to Elia (2010)

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Movie Info

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

Unrated,

Documentary, Television

Jay Cocks

Fox

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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (0)

... a first-person reflection on the films and the creator, a mix of history, biography and aesthetic appreciation...

December 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

As much, if not more about Scorsese as it is about Kazan.

October 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

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.

September 29, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

A deeply personal film in which Martin Scorsese, who co-directed and co-wrote, speaks at loving length about the impact that Kazan's films had on him.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

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.
January 4, 2013
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