Scorsese really gets it, what it means to be a cinephile, to understand a movie for more than it's surface, take in the images and meaning and apply it to other things. His commentary here on "On the Waterfront" and "East of Eden", Kazan's best films, is both insightful and poignant.
Marty se abre de corazón y de alma y expone por completo la génesis de sus sueños cinematográficos. La clave es la figura de Elia Kazan, un hombre todo hecho de mitos y sueños que Marty supo comprender en el sentido mas profundo y sentimental del termino. Se trata de una película pequeña, modesta, pero es en su sinceridad y en su grado de emotividad donde interpela a todo el que cree que el cine es una forma de vida.
If you thought A Personal Journey... and Il Mio Viaggio were personal films, this one is even more straightforward. Besides the admirative introduction to Kazan's works, what's interesting is to see Scorsese explain how Kazan inspired him to become a filmmaker while I am sure, now days, Scorsese is usually known to be the influencer himself. In a way, he is casting his spotlight on the filmmakers he himself cares for
Scorsese jerks himself off to selected bits of Kazan's career, with the notable exception of STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE which barely merits a passing mention. Lots of clips from EAST OF EDEN and WATERFRONT with reverent Film 101 type narration from Scorsese -- if only he found anything interesting or new to say about these works. He's even moved to something very like tears in the film's final moments, and it wouldn't be so annoying if he'd moved me to share his sentiments.
WANT TO GO? What: Screenings of director Elia Kazan's New Orleans-shot thriller "Panic in the Streets," followed by Martin Scorsese's new Kazan documentary, "A Letter to Elia." When: Noon today (Sept. 11), Sunday and Wednesday. Where: Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St. Tickets: $5.50, available at the theater box office or online at www.theprytania.com. Info: 504.891.2187, or at the Prytania website