A Letter to Elia

  • 60'
  • USA
  • 2010
A Letter to Elia, Martin Scorsese’s highly personal homage to Elia Kazan (1909-2003), sketches a beautiful portrait that reveals just as much about Scorsese as about Kazan, whom he regard sas a kind of father. Just how much Kazan’s films meant to Scorsese as a boy is clear from this loving documentary. Scorsese, born of Italian parents, identified with Kazan, an Anatolian Greek who emigrated to America. Kazan later used this background in America, America (1963), his most personal film. Scorsese also talks about the characters from Kazan’s On the Waterfront (1954), people who come from a district just like the one where Scorsese lived (‘Little Italy’ in New York) and with whom he instinctively bonded. But Scorsese pays most attention to Kazan’s East of Eden (1955), in which James Dean plays his first leading role. This film about troubled family bonds reflects the complex emotions that Scorsese has with his own family.

Directors
Kent Jones, Martin Scorsese
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2010
Festival Edition
IFFR 2011
Length
60'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff
Production Company
Sikelia Productions
Sales
ENDEAVOR (formerly WME ING Entertainment)
Screenplay
Kent Jones, Martin Scorsese
Cinematography
Mark Raker
Editor
Rachel Reichman
Sound Design
Bill Wander