The Sikelia Productions, Far Hills Pictures film is executive produced by Stone Douglass and Taylor Materne for producers Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Diane Kolyer.
"...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..."
In "The Elia Kazan Box Set", available November 9, Scorsese presents a collection of fifteen Kazan classic features, including "A Letter to Elia(2010), composed of film clips, stills and readings from Kazan’s autobiography, his speech on 'directing' (read by actor Elias Koteas), a videotaped Kazan interview and Scorsese’s commentary on and offscreen.
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