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Film info: A Letter to Elia

Film Information

Original Title A Letter to Elia
English Title A Letter to Elia
Directors Kent Jones
Martin Scorsese
Year 2010
Format DCP
Colour Color + B&W
Duration 60 min
  • Martin Scorsese, Elias Koteas
  • Guión: Martin Scorsese, Kent Jones
  • Fotografía: Mark Raker
  • Montaje: Rachel Reichman
  • Producción: Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff


Everyone who is passionately in love with cinema treasures at least a memory of that great moment when he or she was taken by the twinkling world of the big screen. It’s a before and after situation that seems to outline, generally from a very early age, the lives of cinephiles, critics and filmmakers. For Martin Scorsese that moment took place in the mid 1950s when he saw Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront (1954) and East of Eden (1955) in a theater in Little Italy. At age twelve, Scorsese probably knew already that something had changed; a couple of years later he would enroll in the Filmmaking major at the University of New York. Six decades later, Scorsese –together with film critic Kent Jones– pays tribute to the cinema of Kazan with this film that’s more like a love letter to an old teacher than a documentary about the work of a filmmaker. Because, as he had already shown in A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies and Il mio viaggio in Italia (the first two installments of what we could now consider a trilogy), for Scorsese talking about cinema is like talking about his own life.

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