Must Watch: Martin Scorsese’s Elia Kazan documentary, A LETTER TO ELIA

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
May 30th, 2011

Having a lazy holiday? Looking for something to toss on the small screen, in this case the computer, this Memorial Day? Well, thanks to PBS and their American Masters series, your wish has been granted.

PBS has released, on their website, a film from director Martin Scorsese, entitled A LETTER TO ELIA, to watch for free, right now. For those who may not know, the film played the festival circuit in late 2010, and subsequently hit TV screens thanks to PBS’ American Masters series, and is Scorsese’s love letter to one of the most underrated names in the film world, director Elia Kazan.

Best known for films like ON THE WATERFRONT, EAST OF EDEN, and the still revered A FACE IN THE CROWD, Kazan was not only a great, immensely talented filmmaker, but quite an intriguing man. Seeing him and his films through the loving eyes of one of today’s most storied film historians, Scorsese, makes this film a relatively one sided documentary, but also one that will have any film nut buzzing. As a fan of films like CROWD and EDEN, Kazan is one of my all-time favorite filmmakers, and one that doesn’t get the love that he rightly should in the annals of history.


Watch the full episode. See more American Masters.

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