A Letter to Elia

He revolutionized screen acting and was called a rat for naming names; when people talk about Elia Kazan, they tend to emphasize one aspect at the expense of the other. Kent Jones and Martin Scorsese's documentary on the director of A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront and other classics thankfully touches on both sides of the equation, though it doesn't pretend to be anything but a mash note. Like Scorsese's My Voyage to Italy (1999), this brief lesson from everyone's favorite moonlighting film professor briskly guides viewers through Kazan's career, stuffing subjective confessions of fandom into its heart-shaped box for good measure. The featurette will screen with the rarely revived America, America (1963), Kazan's own affectionate valentine to his immigrant ancestors.—David Fear

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